At least for some species, there is little room for speculation…

Digital restoration of Sinosauropteryx based on the study of the specimen’s preserved melanosomes / Joanna Kobierska / Wikimedia Commons

For almost the entire history of paleontology, there was no way to tell what colors the dinosaurs actually were. Paleontologists believed the true coloration of these creatures was beyond the reach of detection and for a long time, the debate about dinosaur color remained a topic of wild speculation.

Not anymore.

In the past decade, scientists working in the field succeeded in solving a mystery many million years in the making.

But how?

The Clues


Journalist| Science & Ocean Liner Aficionado|

Hey folks!

Below follows a brief introduction of myself. I’d like to keep it short, so I’d better start right away.

The Basics

My name is Panos Grigorakakis and I’m a journalist with experience in news writing, social media management, and content creation. I was born and raised in Athens. If you haven’t been already, I strongly suggest you visit sometime — the city is pretty underrated, trust me!

I can communicate myself in English, Spanish, and -to a less extend- in German and Chinese. Learning foreign languages is my thing! …


An introduction of my publications featured on Medium…

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My goal on Medium has always been to write educative articles that could provide value to the reader.

I enjoy writing about topics I find fascinating, mainly paleontology and ocean liners. Since the topics and themes of my stories are pretty specific, I had a hard time finding fitting publications for them. Therefore, I decided to create new ones from scratch.

I am currently an editor of Tales of Prehistory and Maiden Voyage publications. Below follows a brief introduction of them covering their themes, approach, and target audience.

Tales of Prehistory Publication


Explore stories that have been chosen for further distribution…

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Curation on Medium practically means that a story has been distributed through one or more topics on the platform.

A curated story can be included in Medium’s daily digest email, or it can be featured more frequently both in the app and the website to readers interested in the specific topic(s). Thus it makes sense for writers to strive for curation since their stories can get higher exposure.

This doesn’t mean that non-curated stories are necessarily of lower quality. The articles are reviewed by people and in the end, the decision…


All the stories I’ve written on Medium in one place, categorized for easy access…

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Picture this: you read an article on Medium, you like it, clap it, and decide to follow its author. You visit their profile and start scrolling for more interesting stories. The most recent ones come up first, but there’s always the possibility of a hidden gem lying further back down. Unfortunately, chances are you’ll get tired soon and quit searching. Does this sound familiar?

It’s true that browsing one’s profile on Medium can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. …


This bizarre creature had owl-like hearing abilities…

Life restoration of Shuvuuia deserti / FunkMonk / Wikimedia Commons

Dinosaurs have been traditionally portrayed as day-active animals. For many years this thought was partly stemmed from the lingering assumption they were cold-blooded creatures and therefore unable to maintain a high body temperature during the night.

Under this light, paleontologists often ignored the anatomical evidence that would suggest a different lifestyle and overlooked the examination of key sensory innovations — like the keen eyesight and hearing — some of these animals possessed. A recent study, however, came to challenge the aforementioned established views.

Lars Schmitz, an associate professor of biology at the W.M. Keck Science Center at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer…


What our screams say about our evolution…

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Mammals frequently scream when embroiled in social conflicts or to signal the presence of predators and other threats. Humans are no exception. Our brains are wired to quickly recognize and respond to fearful screams as a survival mechanism. At least, this is the established view in neuroscience.

A recent study carried out by researchers at the University of Zurich, however, challenges the dominant theory and sheds new light on the possibility of the ongoing evolution of our species.

The study


Oceanic was the pinnacle of 19th-century shipbuilding…

The RMS Oceanic /Maritime Museum / Wikimedia Commons

The RMS Oceanic was the largest ocean liner of the 19th century. Launched in 1899, the ship incorporated in her design the most important technological advances of the previous decades and was notably more luxurious than her contemporary competitors.

The Oceanic immediately proved popular among passengers and became the most fashionable and successful ship of her time. She was deservedly praised as the pinnacle of 19-century shipbuilding, earning the privileged nickname the “ship of the century”.

This is her story.

Construction


Discover interesting facts about extinct animals in a fun and readable way…

Giganotosaurus skull cast / Kabacchi, / Wikimedia Commons

Mesozoic Quick Fact Series (MQFS) aims to provide interesting facts about various groups of extinct animals in a fun and readable way. We will focus on the highlights, so you don’t need to read extensive, time-consuming texts!

Each story in the series tributes a certain group of extinct animals and presents educational information in short, digestible parts.

Each story is divided into the following parts:

1. Starting with the basics…

2. When did they live?


Explore exciting stories from April…

Juvenile of Maiasaura pebblesorum / Unuplusunu / Wikimedia Commons

Dear followers,

To help you keep track of the latest stories published in Tales of Prehistory, we’ve decided to set a monthly review. In April we added five new stories to the publication. All of them were chosen for further distribution on the platform.

We’ve also included a special featured story at the end of this article. Featured stories are articles published long ago that once again become available for those who may have accidentally missed them.

Enjoy your reading!

April Stories

1. Move on From T.rex: These Theropods Were Equally Terrifying

Panos Grigorakakis

Journalist| Science & Ocean Liner aficionado| Amateur Paleo-illustrator|

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