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gturner September 19 2013 03:54 PM

Images of dinosaur feathers in amber
 
io9 link

So, there's that. :)

Admiral2 September 19 2013 05:14 PM

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I don't care how scientifically accurate it is, the idea of a T-Rex with downy feathers always strikes me as silly.

Call me crazy...

Solstice September 19 2013 05:22 PM

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It often amazes me how much our knowledge of dinosaurs has changed since I was a kid. When I was born, the idea that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, often feathered, and evolved into birds wasn't generally accepted. These days, it's practically a mundane fact.

Psion September 19 2013 05:30 PM

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Admiral2 wrote: (Post 8666356)
I don't care how scientifically accurate it is, the idea of a T-Rex with downy feathers always strikes me as silly.

Call me crazy...

Now just imagine him chirping. "Chirp! Chirp! CHOMP!"

YellowSubmarine September 19 2013 05:31 PM

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Good thing that I watched Jurassic Park when it was still cool and not inaccurate. These scientists ruin everything.

gturner September 19 2013 06:21 PM

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Psion wrote: (Post 8666419)
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Admiral2 wrote: (Post 8666356)
I don't care how scientifically accurate it is, the idea of a T-Rex with downy feathers always strikes me as silly.

Call me crazy...

Now just imagine him chirping. "Chirp! Chirp! CHOMP!"

And then he has to spit out a mouthful of feathers. "Pfewww! Pfthewwww!"

Timelord Victorious September 19 2013 10:34 PM

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YellowSubmarine wrote: (Post 8666425)
Good thing that I watched Jurassic Park when it was still cool and not inaccurate. These scientists ruin everything.

That's ok, the eventual remake is inevitable! :p

Alidar Jarok September 20 2013 12:04 AM

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^ While it's entirely possible to justify scaly Dinosaurs through the frog DNA, I do hope a reboot tries to reflect modern Dinosaur understanding, just like the original one did (making them athletic animals as opposed to lumbering beasts).

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YellowSubmarine wrote: (Post 8666425)
Good thing that I watched Jurassic Park when it was still cool and not inaccurate. These scientists ruin everything.

I'm reminded of this

Anyway, the evolution of feathers is interesting because they now seem to predate flight. The proto-feathers that seem to resemble hair particularly intrigues me. I'm curious to see what developments will follow in our understanding in this field. More knowledge is a good thing, regardless of whether or not it changes someone's childhood perceptions.

B.J. September 20 2013 06:59 PM

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Robert Maxwell wrote: (Post 8666398)
It often amazes me how much our knowledge of dinosaurs has changed since I was a kid. When I was born, the idea that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, often feathered, and evolved into birds wasn't generally accepted. These days, it's practically a mundane fact.

Even the asteroid impact that wiped most of them out wasn't even a theory until 1980, when I was in Kindergarten.

Although we also have to keep in mind that not all dinosaurs had feathers, and not all evolved into birds. They were a hugely diverse group of animals. I do remember seeing many years ago a fossil that had an imprint of dinosaur skin (unknown which dinosaur), and it looked bumpy like a collection of gravel, and definitely didn't have feathers.

RoJoHen September 20 2013 07:06 PM

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Alidar Jarok wrote: (Post 8667946)
More knowledge is a good thing, regardless of whether or not it changes someone's childhood perceptions.

I still lament the non-existence of the Brontosaurus.

YellowSubmarine September 20 2013 07:11 PM

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We figured out giant bones were of lizard-like creatures and not giant humans around the same time we invented the telegraph, made the first trains and were working on the first general purpose computer.

And dinosaurs were huge. Imagine if the human civilization dies, and another one emerges in a million years, they'll probably be oblivious of our existence by the time they start their space program, and would figure out we had a civilization of our own right about... now.

EmoBorg September 21 2013 07:19 AM

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YellowSubmarine wrote: (Post 8670808)
We figured out giant bones were of lizard-like creatures and not giant humans around the same time we invented the telegraph, made the first trains and were working on the first general purpose computer.

And dinosaurs were huge. Imagine if the human civilization dies, and another one emerges in a million years, they'll probably be oblivious of our existence by the time they start their space program, and would figure out we had a civilization of our own right about... now.

I remember watching the VOY episode, Distant Origins, which had in it a background story that said that a dinosaurs species achieved sentience and became intelligent enough to travel in space.

I know it is just fiction, but is there any chance that a species that lived millions of years before us could have achieved sentience. I am not only talking about dinosaurs but other ancient species as well. Animals have been around for 600 millions years at least.

Olive, the Other Reindeer September 21 2013 08:26 AM

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YellowSubmarine wrote: (Post 8666425)
Good thing that I watched Jurassic Park when it was still cool and not inaccurate. These scientists ruin everything.

At least Jurassic Park was the first dinosaur movie to depict T. rex as a fast, agile predator that carried the weight of its body balanced on its pelvic girdle like a seesaw, unlike previous depictions that showed the creature walking more or less upright and dragging its tail.

Tiberius September 21 2013 08:59 AM

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RoJoHen wrote: (Post 8670784)
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Alidar Jarok wrote: (Post 8667946)
More knowledge is a good thing, regardless of whether or not it changes someone's childhood perceptions.

I still lament the non-existence of the Brontosaurus.

Oh, it exists. It's just called Apatosaurus.

(And why is Firefox suggesting that I correct that to Brontosaurus?)

Tiberius September 21 2013 09:00 AM

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scotpens wrote: (Post 8673376)
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YellowSubmarine wrote: (Post 8666425)
Good thing that I watched Jurassic Park when it was still cool and not inaccurate. These scientists ruin everything.

At least Jurassic Park was the first dinosaur movie to depict T. rex as a fast, agile predator that carried the weight of its body balanced on its pelvic girdle like a seesaw, unlike previous depictions that showed the creature walking more or less upright and dragging its tail.

The Kangasaurus posture.


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