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Old September 19 2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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Old September 19 2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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...
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Old September 19 2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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.
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Old September 19 2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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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...
Now just imagine him chirping. "Chirp! Chirp! CHOMP!"
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Old September 19 2013, 05:31 PM   #5
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

Good thing that I watched Jurassic Park when it was still cool and not inaccurate. These scientists ruin everything.
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Old September 19 2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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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...
Now just imagine him chirping. "Chirp! Chirp! CHOMP!"
And then he has to spit out a mouthful of feathers. "Pfewww! Pfthewwww!"
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Old September 19 2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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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!
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Old September 20 2013, 12:04 AM   #8
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

^ 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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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.
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Old September 20 2013, 06:59 PM   #9
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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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.
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.
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Old September 20 2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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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.
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Old September 20 2013, 07:11 PM   #11
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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.
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Old September 21 2013, 07:19 AM   #12
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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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.
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.
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Old September 21 2013, 08:26 AM   #13
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Re: Images of dinosaur feathers in amber

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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.
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Old September 21 2013, 08:59 AM   #14
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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?)
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Old September 21 2013, 09:00 AM   #15
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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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