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Small dinosaur used colors for protection: study

WASHINGTON: A small feathered dinosaur whose fossil was discovered in China used its different colors for protection, a study published Thursday said, helping to dispel stereotypes about the long-extinct creatures. "Far from all being the lumbering prehistoric grey beasts of past children's books, at least some dinosaurs showed sophisticated color patterns to hide from and confuse predators, just like today's animals," said Fiann Smithwick, an author of the study published in the journal Current Biology. By…