|MadSci Network: Evolution|
Hi Devin, You ask a very good question. We know some things and are guessing at others. We do know the pattern and texture of the skin of most dinosaurs as they have often been well preserved in fossils. We do not know what color the skin was. We have a good idea though. We look at modern reptiles and look at their color and their behavior. Are they brightly colored to scare off predators? This might be true of herbivorous forms. Are they dull colored for camouflage? A prey form might be this way. Are they using color for mate attraction desplays? These are the questions we ask ourselves and based upon modern forms and what we know about the dinosaurs, we guess. Are we correct? We do not know but they are educated guesses. Check out THE SCHOOL PAGE The School Page there is a link to dinosaur information you might like. Thanks for asking a very good question. Doc. R.