Sunday, September 04, 2005

Dinosaurs May Have Been a Fluffy Lot

Dinosaurs May Have Been a Fluffy Lot
(Times Online)
Gareth Dyke, a paleontologist of University College Dublin, will tell the BA Festival of Science being held in the city that most such creatures were coated with delicate feathery plumage that could even have been multi-colored. Fossil evidence that such dinosaurs were feathered is now “irrefutable.”


The feathered finds include an early tyrannosaur, a likely ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex, two small flying dinosaurs and five other predators. Feathers are thought to have evolved first to keep dinosaurs warm and only later as an aid to flight.

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