A team of international scientists have discovered that one of the world’s best preserved dinosaurs was ginger.

The team, led by Professor Mike Benton, a Palaeontologist from Bristol University revealed that the dog-sized Sinosauropteryx, a fast running meat-eater that lived 125 million years ago, was covered with russet and

orange feathers.

This is the first time that the colour of a dinosaur has ever been identified. The colouring was discovered by studying microscopic structures inside the fossilised feathers.

Using the electron microscope, scientists have proved that the assumption that fossils contain no clues as to the colour of extinct animals is wrong.