Skin pigmentation provides evidence of convergent melanism in extinct marine reptiles

@article{Lindgren2014SkinPP,
  title={Skin pigmentation provides evidence of convergent melanism in extinct marine reptiles},
  author={Johan Lindgren and Peter Sj{\"o}vall and Ryan M. Carney and Per Uvdal and Johan A. Gren and Gareth J. Dyke and Bo Pagh Schultz and Matthew D. Shawkey and Kenneth R. Barnes and Michael J. Polcyn},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2014},
  volume={506},
  pages={484-488}
}
Throughout the animal kingdom, adaptive colouration serves critical functions ranging from inconspicuous camouflage to ostentatious sexual display, and can provide important information about the environment and biology of a particular organism. The most ubiquitous and abundant pigment, melanin, also has a diverse range of non-visual roles, including thermoregulation in ectotherms. However, little is known about the functional evolution of this important biochrome through deep time, owing to… Expand
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