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UCC Researcher Discovers the Colour of Fossilised Butterflies

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UCC Researcher Discovers the Colour of Fossilised Butterflies

New research by scientists at University College Cork has revealed the wing colours of some of the oldest ancestors of modern butterflies and moths.

The 180 million-year-old fossils, preserved in rocks and amber, would have had bronze to golden colours produced by microscopic ridges and grooves on the surface of their wing scales. These fossils extend the evidence for light-scattering structures in insects by more than 130 million years.

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