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01/13/2009 12:26 PM ID: 76204 Permalink   

Dinosaur Found to Have Worn Down Coat


Scientists have been able to trace down coats back to 125 million years ago, after fossils show the Beipiaosaurus was equipped with short and slender feathers where veins branched out on either side.

Other feathers no other parts of the fossil were long and wide, and didn't have the branching veins. Paeleontologist Xing Xu said the feathers were not for flying, rather for keeping warm and looking flash.

Xu said "Inferring the function of some structures of extinct animals would be very difficult, and in this case, we are not quite sure whether these feathers are for display or some other functions." The finding sheds light on the evolution of birds.

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Great story! I like it when discoveries such as this continue to support the process of evolution. But ignorance and stupidity will still exist no matter how much evidence you throw at them.
  by: rj712   01/13/2009 07:31 PM     
  I prefer a wool coat myself...  
down becomes useless as an insulator when it gets wet.
  by: valkyrie123     01/13/2009 08:17 PM     
Earths big enough for all of us! Like minds and not.

Cool story though. I've been interested in stories of the "Dinosaur's with feathers" variety since I first read an article in a Time magazine almost a decade ago.

=P It also makes dialogue from Jurassic Park more credible. And Jurassic Park is effing awesome. So there.
  by: Dayron   01/13/2009 10:46 PM     
Except that even Jurassic Park didn't have it all right either ... if you remember the Velociraptors in the movie were scaled.

Since that movie, scientists are more apt to believe now that Velociraptors probably had the beginnings of feathers covering them.

Also ... there has never been a shred of evidence to support that Dilophosaurus ever spat venom or had frills on its neck. On top of that, Speilberg made the Dilophosaurus of the movie much smaller than it was in reality.
  by: Daev     01/13/2009 11:13 PM     
As a child who loved Dinosaurs, I've been aware (as I think most people have) that Velociraptors were actually probably a little larger than a chicken and the whole Dilophosaurus thing.

I just meant the dialogue from Dr. Grant, wherein he's constantly talking about the evolution of Dino's to birds.
  by: Dayron   01/13/2009 11:50 PM     
  chicken = turkey  
blah blah.
  by: Dayron   01/13/2009 11:51 PM     
"..rather for keeping warm and looking flash."
Work hard woman while I look all nice and flash for the camera.
  by: kmazzawi     01/14/2009 01:22 AM     
  I just  
cant get my head around this whole evolution thing. How can you go from a stinking fish to a dinasaur with feathers.
  by: BlackWidow   01/14/2009 08:36 AM     
Mostly through natural selection and favoured genetic mutations. The reason that most people find evolution difficult to visualise is the absolutely huge stretch of time it takes to occur. The billions of years it takes for species to evolve is understandably difficult to imagine when we only spend 70+ years on earth. Most people dismiss evolution because they imagine it as something which you should be able to see happening much quicker than it actually did. I'd recommend as a first port of call checking out the 'Introduction to Evolution' page on Wikipedia.
  by: barryriley   01/14/2009 12:03 PM     
  @Dayron and Daev  
Well obviously the minor inconsistencies can be explained by the frog DNA.
  by: VermiciousG     01/14/2009 07:56 PM     
=P Or merely a writers interest to have them as they were incorrectly portrayed.
  by: Dayron   01/14/2009 11:39 PM     
Have hope. One day, no matter what the religious right does, science will win out. Because the Bible is stuck with it's ideologies, and science can always correct itself.

  by: NicPre     01/15/2009 01:31 AM     
Down coats are soooooo 65 million years ago.
  by: VermiciousG     01/15/2009 09:21 PM     
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