September 4, 2002
Scientists at Rockefeller University have reconstructed the light-sensing rhodopsin protein from the ancestors of dinosaurs. It suggests that dinosaurs may have been well-adapted to seeing in the dark. Belinda S.W. Chang, Ph.D., first author and research assistant professor at Rockefeller, used existing databases and sophisticated statistical methods to infer the most likely DNA sequences that the ancestral archosaur would have had for its rhodopsin.
“From the databases, we pulled… read more