Today’s post comes to you courtesy of a recent news article that can be read in its entirety here.
In short, some boffins were digging around in Southern Germany, came across an extremely well preserved dinosaur fossil. The young Sciurumimus albersdoerferi , measured in at 72cm and is a kind of fanged predator.
The key point of today’s topic is the discovery that the fossil showed evidence of, ‘primitive fuzzy feathers that are more akin to hair. (sic) These were over its front, below the belly, and back as well as the tail, suggesting the animal’s whole body could have been covered in feathers.’
The idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs dates back to Charles Darwin’s day. However, the idea that dinosaurs themselves may be feathered is a much more controversial subject.
Perhaps people don’t like the idea of suddenly thinking of their T-Rex as looking a bit like Big Bird?
And yet this is far from the only evidence of feathered dinosaurs.
That source of all homework research, Wikipedia, lists 34 dino species with recorded evidence of feathers, including the suggestion that Tyrannosaurus was in fact in possession of plumaceous feathers.
How do you feel about your mental image of a T-Rex going from reptilian to something like THIS! No, wait. That’s not right. I meant THIS! Hang on, hang on. Linking is hard. Maybe more like THIS! Okay, I’ve got it now. This is one imagination’s idea on what a feathered T Rex would look like.
So would feathered dinosaurs be awesome? Fabulous? Or just a bit wierd? For creatures that haven’t existed in ages (other than Crocodiles), dinos have a pretty major media presence in movies, TV and assorted fiction.
Is it all wrong? Is our community concept of dinosaurs inaccurate because it lacks feathers? Is a feathered T-Rex more or less scary? What media references come to mind when you think of dinosaurs in pop culture?