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Fossilized Biophotonic Nanostructures Reveal the Original Colors of 47-Million-Year-Old Moths

  • Maria E. McNamara mail,

    maria.mcnamara@yale.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, UCD School of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Derek E. G. Briggs,

    Affiliations: Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Patrick J. Orr,

    Affiliation: UCD School of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Sonja Wedmann,

    Affiliation: Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Forschungsstation Grube Messel, Messel, Germany

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  • Heeso Noh,

    Affiliation: Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Hui Cao

    Affiliation: Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Published: November 15, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001200

About the Authors

Maria E. McNamara, Derek E. G. Briggs
Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Maria E. McNamara, Patrick J. Orr
UCD School of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland
Derek E. G. Briggs
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Sonja Wedmann
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Forschungsstation Grube Messel, Messel, Germany
Heeso Noh, Hui Cao
Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: maria.mcnamara@yale.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: MEM PJO. Performed the experiments: MEM. Analyzed the data: MEM HN HC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SW. Wrote the paper: MEM DEGB PJO SW.