160 million years ago, ancestors of cuttlefish were already using the…

Researchers have shown that ink sacs from a cephalopod that lived 160-million years ago still contain traces of the pigment melanin. That's an impressive find in its own right, but what really floored the scientists was how familiar these pigments looked. » 5/22/12 9:25am 5/22/12 9:25am

Redheads experience pain differently than the rest of us

It's melanin Monday (not a real thing — but it should be), time to brush up on your knowledge of all things pigment-related! People with fair skin and rosy locks get their distinctive looks from mutations in the gene that codes for melanocortin 1 receptor, a protein that aids in the synthesis of the pigment melanin;… » 3/05/12 7:00am 3/05/12 7:00am