Jurrasic Park IV
Just not going to be the same with fluffy dinosaurs :D
Boffins now reckon it's possible any or all dinosaurs sported feathers, after finding the first ever example of a dino with feathers and scales. Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus, a plant-eating feathered dinosaur Before now, only flesh-eating mighty lizards were …
Ever had a good look at an eagle? Or a casawary? Now imagine a thirty-foot tall casawary with big teeth ... the movie-makers wouldn't even need to add claws designed for disembowelling, the casawary's already got them.
They say that inside every small dog is a big dog trying to get out. On a similar principle, inside every sparrowhawk is a T.Rex trying to get out ....
Oh I don't know...
The ground trembles causing ripples in the puddles as the small group of humans huddle together for comfort. There is a crashing sound nearby and a lightning flash reveals the feathered plume of a T-Rex in all its glory, just inches from them. The creature lowers its head and opens its huge, jaws...
"WHERE'S MY @$%!^ CRACKER THEN, EH?"
Many Earth science branches extrapolate past conditions from today's parameters. The ONLY explanation for flying reptiles and insects of the Jurassic to have DOUBLE the wingspan of todays flying fauna is that atmospheric pressure MUST have been double, but since "lift" is a function of area, the most likely scenario is that Jurassic air pressure was FOUR TIMES current level. Given the constant erosion by ionization and solar wind, this is plausible, but if reduced to one quarter over 60 million years, what would earlier atmospheric conditions have been like ? ? ?
For a humorous look at the major extrapolation TOOL, see....
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Welcome to the new, 21st century cool science of palaeontology
A lesson in logic:
1. We found one fossil of a dinosaur with what looks like feathers.
2. This means the weird bristles some people found on some other dinosaur fossils were feathers!
3. Which leads us to conclude that all dinosaurs were covered with feathers.
The boffins weren't previously accusing the dinos of having bare flesh; it was between feathers and scales, so I don't think we should go bringing humans into a discussion on dinosaurs. We t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶r̶l̶o̶i̶n̶s̶ tend to not do too well when compared to them. Modern day lizards do have some strange external exposure, however.
Kentucky Fried T-Rex? Can you imagine how big that over sized fried chicken leg would be? Yayifications!
The following is...T-REX with feathers...
As I understand it, Tyrannasaurids probably had feathers as juveniles, but lost them as they gained adulthood. (Much in the same way some birds go from down to feathers.) The idea being that the feathers provided insulation to juveniles, but that as adults their biggest issue was actually how to lose heat, not retain it.
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