Adorable, fuzzy, downy-soft…

AWESOME PREDATORS OF THE CRETACEOUS!!!

Much like John C. Wright’s carefully considered doctrines on the burning issue of the Space Princess Movement, I have strong views about the need for tyrannosaurs to remain scaly, as they were on Kong’s Skull Island and in all Ray Harryhausen portrayals such as the documentary One Million Years B.C.

If it turns out they were feathered, I plan to give God an earful about this dreadful aesthetic blunder.

  • bob

    But, the primitive women *did* look like Raquel and wear them fur swimsuits, right?? THAT hasn’t been disproved, has it?! Feathered dinos are tirival in comparison.

  • http://www.corsanctum.com Stephen Tefft

    The article said they found skeletons… How do they know there were feathers?

    • Mark Shea

      Presumably they have found fossil feather impressions, as with Archaeopteryx.

      • http://pastinthepresent.wordpress.com/ Michael Lynch

        Sometimes you can spot quill knobs on the bones, too, as with Velociraptor.

        –ML

      • http://www.corsanctum.com Stephen Tefft

        Presumably, you say. Terrible reporting, I say.

  • Judith M.

    “the feathers were simple filaments”

    Isn’t that what hairs are? What silliness.

  • MikeTheGeek

    Hairs have a different anatomical origin – feathers are modified scales.

    I thought there were skin impressions of T. rex that showed scales (??? Can’t find at the moment). On the other hand, if you’ve ever had a pet lovebird, you know that the T. rex attitude never disappeared. Nobody ever told them that the mammals are in charge, and they’re not about to buy it now.

  • Ghosty

    I, on the other hand, have strong views in favor of feathered dinosaurs. It’s not that I have a strong scientific background, nor that I find that feathers answer some deep underlying question about evolution, but rather that all this new information about dinosaurs is allowing me to rediscover these awesome beasts all over again. It’s almost as if I’m living through the first discovery of dinosaurs!

    In answer to others who question the information in the article, this isn’t actually a T-rex but rather a similar creature from 60 million years prior. T-rexes may indeed have been scaly. Also fossils can indeed preserve feathers, or evidence for feathers, and they bear very distinct markings from hair. Fossils can even preserve the pigment from feathers, allowing us to know the colors of the plumage!

    Peace and God bless!

  • SouthCoast

    Mike the Greek, spot on about the lovebirds! I called my pair the Hellhens. (And their names were Beretta and Sig, since they were vicious little 22-caliber parrots.)

    “If it turns out they were feathered, I plan to give God an earful about this dreadful aesthetic blunder.” OTOH, as my husband likes to quote, “God is playing to an audience afraid to laugh.” Feathers on a T. Rex: Hulk Hogan in pink, spangled briefs. (Sorry for that visual, btw!)

  • Jayjay

    Oh, I can’t take it. Even the dinosaurs are changing! Calgon, take me away!

  • jim

    First they force them to hold their tails in the air instead of dragging them on the ground and now they have to sprout feathers. Why don’t they leave them alone? Not as bad as what they did to Pluto, but pretty bad.

  • Peggy Hagen

    Never forget the brontosaurus, either – may it live forever in imagination and plastic children’s toys.


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