UV Light Reveals Ancient Shells' Hidden Colors, Extinct Polka Dot Patterns

April 3, 2015 12:17 AM

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Researchers revealed the hidden stunning colors of almost 30 ancient seashells using ultra-violet (UV) light.

The seashells, which were between 6.6 and 4.8 million years old, appeared white in regular light, PLOS reported. When viewed in UV light, the shells' true colors appeared.

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