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Velociraptor (could have) had feathers

  1. Sep 21, 2007 #1
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  3. Sep 21, 2007 #2


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    Since someone pointed out that Jurasic park got it wrong and Velociraptors weren't the big scary ones. The official motto of xkcd had been changed to:

    Say no to velociraptors (and all other members of the dromaeosaurid family).

    Not quite as catchy but it's important to get the terms right when a large extinct predator leaps out from under you bed.
  4. Sep 21, 2007 #3
    Hasn't it been suspected that they've have feathers for quite some time now? I remember once seeing a picture of a Velociraptor skeleton embedded in shale that shows the outlines of feather-type structures. Jurassic Park didn't really stay that true with the dinosaurs features anyway. Remember Dilophosaurus?

    On a side note, didn't someone recently unearth the skeletons of young Tyrannosaurus (chicks?) that appear to be covered with downy feathers?
  5. Sep 21, 2007 #4
  6. Sep 22, 2007 #5
    I believe the History Channel did a special a couple years ago depicting all the two legged dinosaurs with feathers, including T-Rex. Some of the species, they now think, wore Dockers.
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