Skip to comments.Dressed to kill: A feathered tyrannosaur is discovered in China
Posted on 04/05/2012 4:39:12 AM PDT by Renfield
It's not often you see a dinosaur with a girth and toothy grimace reminiscent of Tyrannosaurus rex yet covered in a downy winter coat worthy of L.L. Bean.
But that's what a team of paleontologists in China reports. They've dubbed their find Yutyrannus huali (beautiful feathered tyrant), a creature that stretched 30 feet from tail-tip to snout and weighed 1.5 tons.
It's the largest dinosaur yet to host feather-like features all over its body features well preserved on three nearly complete, mostly intact fossil skeletons the team found....
(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...
Yutyrannus huali and other smaller dinosaurs are depicted roaming 125 million years ago, in this artist's rendering provided by the Beijing Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology.
Ping. I found a source I could post, ignore the freepmail about this one.
Cross-dressing a natural phenomenon?
shake dat tail feather, b1tch!
Wouldn’t it be interesting if the 1.5 ton monsters not only were covered with feathers, but made chirping sounds instead of roaring as depicted in Jurassic Park. Imagine a 1.5 ton canary. CHIRP! CHIRP!
Yesterday a mammoth and today a dinosaur. Things are really happening in China.
Or are they?
I’ll wait for corroboration of this find.
Looks like a scene from “Terra Nova.”
Thanks. I don’t dispute the find, and do buy into the idea that modern birds may have descended from a dinosaur lineage, but I’ve become very cynical when it comes to ‘hot’ research finds from a single group. I haven’t seen the Nature paper, but the LA times article quotes one of the researchers saying: “These plumes weren’t used for flight; they were filamentary and lacked a complex structure, giving the dinosaurs who wore them more of a fuzzy appearance.” That’s pretty impressive in and of itself - that large dinosaurs would have a ‘coat’.
This is a true and accurate account of the deeds of Sir Robin, and his brave encounter with the malevolent Chicken of Bristol, against whom he nearly stood up.
Under the google link is one from Natural Geographic that discusses other feathered finds in the same area.
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Posted on 04/04/2012 12:03:18 PM PDT by SatinDoll