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Medha Kapoor

B.A. (Journalism & Mass Communication) | Posted on | Science-Technology

Which color is the world’s oldest color?


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Researchers have recently discovered that Bright Pink is the world’s oldest color. It is a naturally occurring color found in the fossils of chlorophyll, as the scientists claim. The fossils are found to be 1.1 billion years old. It is the oldest color created by a living organism, cyanobacteria, whose fossils were found in Sahara Desert in rocks.

The research that was published in PNAS journal tells that the color was created by cyanobacteria which was a dominant presence on Earth before algae, some 65 million years ago. This was even before dinosaurs existed on Earth.

“When scientists extracted pigment from the bacteria, they found dark red and deep purple spots in concentrated form. Distilled, it turned bright pink.” Says a science journal. The pigment was preserved as it sunk down in the ancient ocean in which it was present, hence keeping away from Oxygen’s contact.

What’s amazing about this fact is that the color was found in the microscopic creatures long before even the algae existed to create a food web which would support the life of bigger creatures on the planet.