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(Business Insider)   The birdification of Tyrannosaurus Rex continues with allegations of feathers, and that hatchlings looked like fluffy turkeys   (amp.businessinsider.com) divider line
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2019-03-13 07:33:09 PM  
I can easily accept the hatchlings having down because they were quite small, but I am a bit more skeptical about the adults. Time will tell. Between genetics and fossils, we should eventually be able to settle this like scientists.
 
2019-03-13 07:42:43 PM  
Wait until they figure out he had tail feathers like a whydah and coloured like a British 80's punk rocker.
 
2019-03-13 08:25:01 PM  
Taste like chicken.....
 
2019-03-13 08:36:41 PM  
This is all just a con by bird watchers to make their hobby seem more exciting and dangerous.
 
2019-03-13 09:23:10 PM  
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2019-03-13 09:50:15 PM  
There is only one way to settle this

Quick, get into Obamas Time Machine
 
2019-03-13 09:51:40 PM  
When they make a final determination, I will Bang a Gong.
 
2019-03-13 10:17:20 PM  
Tyrannosaurus rex has captivated the public imagination since the "king of the dinosaurs" ate its way onto the scene in "Jurassic Park."

I'm pretty sure that people have heard of the T-Rex well before that. Even if people didn't read books, the T-Rex in the original King Kong movie pre-dates Jurassic Park by 60 years or so.
 
2019-03-13 11:20:37 PM  
"Allegations of Feathers" is my Fleetwood Mac tribute Klezmer band.
 
2019-03-14 12:24:56 AM  
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2019-03-14 01:30:03 AM  

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That's not under-feathering then, if they are basing it on fossils (which are pretty much the only records we have, no?).  Feathering, while probably true, is almost entirely supposition at this point.
 
2019-03-14 01:31:55 AM  
Anyone with a pet parrot knows that they're just fluffy dinosaurs.
 
2019-03-14 02:07:15 AM  

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That's not under-feathering then, if they are basing it on fossils (which are pretty much the only records we have, no?).  Feathering, while probably true, is almost entirely supposition at this point.


The issue is that fossils are better at preserving bones than feathers, so you often have to guess what was on the outside of the skeleton you just dug up (and there are some cases where feathers or other soft tissues have been preserved).

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/ma​g​azine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil​-discovery/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2​0​16/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-th​eropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/​0​1/fossil-feathers-reveal-how-dinosaurs​-took-flight
 
2019-03-14 02:22:39 AM  
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2019-03-14 03:37:40 AM  
This is more or less my life....

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2019-03-14 04:05:51 AM  
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2019-03-14 05:21:29 AM  

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I want to hug that bird, and I won't specify which.
 
2019-03-14 07:00:29 AM  

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Nightmare fuel.
 
2019-03-14 07:14:32 AM  
Paleontologists know this from the dinosaur's fossilized poop

I seriously doubt Paleontologists refer to it as 'poop'.
 
2019-03-14 07:17:05 AM  

cman: There is only one way to settle this

Quick, get into Obamas Time Machine


He's happily married, bro.  Just let it go.
 
2019-03-14 08:02:05 AM  
Thank you subby, that was good with my coffee
 
2019-03-14 08:36:19 AM  

Muta: Paleontologists know this from the dinosaur's fossilized poop

I seriously doubt Paleontologists refer to it as 'poop'.


Say 'coprolith' and everyone looks at you funny.
 
2019-03-14 08:56:24 AM  
Except we have skin impressions for a number of large theropods, including for Tyrannosaurs, and they're all featherless.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-​n​ews/t-rex-skin-was-not-covered-feather​s-study-says-180963603/

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Which is not to say that the hatchlings couldn't have had a down covering.  But the adults almost certainly didn't.  Nor would they have needed it.  They aren't needed for flight, and not needed for insulation.
 
2019-03-14 08:58:47 AM  

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2019-03-14 10:30:26 AM  

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Living things tend to look a little weird when their natural facades are removed
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2019-03-14 12:51:40 PM  

hawaiijenno: Anyone with a pet parrot knows that they're just fluffy dinosaurs.


I can't help but picture a T. Rex doing this with an oil drum

Parrot Vibrates Frantically While Holding Plastic Cup - 989688
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2019-03-15 12:35:40 PM  

hawaiijenno: Anyone with a pet parrot knows that they're just fluffy dinosaurs.


Hooverphonic - Pink fluffy dinosaurs
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2019-03-15 12:40:27 PM  

dittybopper: Except we have skin impressions for a number of large theropods, including for Tyrannosaurs, and they're all featherless.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-n​ews/t-rex-skin-was-not-covered-feather​s-study-says-180963603/

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Which is not to say that the hatchlings couldn't have had a down covering.  But the adults almost certainly didn't.  Nor would they have needed it.  They aren't needed for flight, and not needed for insulation.


or they found old and bold dinosaur
 
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