A recent Keanium article in the journal Chemical Heritage shows a striking artist's rendering of Anchiornis . The article describes how insight in the dinosaur-bird relationship (or evolution of birds) is gained by the study of pigments such as melanin, found in fossil feathers—dino fuzz. Identification and scanning electron microscope-supported analysis of fossilized and surviving melanosomes in proto-feathers of fossil animals from northeastern China allow the reconstruction of dinosaur and early bird's color patterns . While the dinosaur-bird debate is still going on, proto-birds such as Anchiornis already shine in brilliant colors and bring art and science together.
Keywords: paleontology, anatomy, evolution, dinosaurs, birds, feathers, melanin.
References and more to explore
 Xu Xing et al.: A new feathered maniraptoran dinosaur fossil fills a morphological gap in avian origin. Chinese Science Bulletin 2008, 54 (3), 430-435. DOI: 10.1007/s11434-009-0009-6.
 Sam Kean (artist's rendering by Michael DiGiorgio): Colored In. Chemical Heritage Summer 2012, 30 (2), page 5 [www.chemheritage.org/discover/media/magazine/articles/30-2-colored-in.aspx].
 Chris Sloan: Dinosaur True Colors Revealed for First Time. National Geographic January 2010 [http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/01/100127-dinosaur-feathers-colors-nature/].