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Dinosaur sports its colors

Artwork by Chuang Zhao and Lida Xing. Reconstruction of two Sinosauropteryx, sporting their orange and white striped tails. Artwork by Chuang Zhao and Lida Xing. Reconstruction of two Sinosauropteryx, sporting their orange and white striped tails.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Scientists say a dinosaur found in China had a reddish-orange tail. 

The first solid proof comes in the fossilized tail features of a small, meat-eating dinosaur called Sinosauropteryx.

According to a paper published, online, in the journal Nature, the 125-million-year-old tail has the same internal cellular coloring agents as the hair of a red-haired person.

The finding also offers what some outside experts say is even more conclusive evidence that some dinosaurs had feathers, which would further link them to birds.

Drawings of dinosaurs show them in all sorts of hues, usually duller Earth tones, but scientists have only speculated on their coloring.

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