FAQ: Did Tyrannosaurus Rex Have a Downy Coat of Wondrously Colorful Feathers?

Well, a fossil of a T. Rex relative has preserved what scientists say is a feathery coat.

So if the relative had feathers, it stands to reason T. Rex probably did.

The new tyrannosaur species, Yutyrannus huali, is described in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Its name is a blend of Latin and Mandarin, which translates to "beautiful feathered tyrant."

A team of Chinese and Canadian scientists analyzed three well-preserved fossil skeletons -- an adult and two juveniles -- recovered from a quarry in China's Liaoning province by a private fossil dealer. Most striking were remains of down-like feathers on the neck and arm. Though coverage was patchy, scientists suspected the species had feathers over much of its body.

It would have felt like touching "long, thick fur," co-author Corwin Sullivan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in an email. Another scientist, Thomas Holtz Jr. at the University of Maryland, compared it to the feathers of an emu.

Posted by: Ace at 01:33 PM



Comments

1 They’ve awakened the dragon!

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at April 04, 2012 01:34 PM (QF8uk)

2 Oh, I can't be first, can I? Come now, someone must care about a feathered dinosaur more than me.

Posted by: the new, improved arhooley -- now with 10% more cynicism! at April 04, 2012 01:35 PM (v31I6)

3 All the other dinosaurs hated me for my brilliant display of spectacular plumage.

And the fact that I ate them.

Posted by: T. Rex at April 04, 2012 01:36 PM (QKKT0)

4 T-Rex used colorful plumage to attract a mate, and an enormous penis, but mostly, the plumage.

Posted by: toby928© at April 04, 2012 01:37 PM (GTbGH)

5 Unusual fossils from China, eeeeh?

"More problematic, however, is that there is no way of knowing how many of those fossils are real. Chinese scientists say fake fossils are so pervasive in Chinese museums that using authenticity as the basis for judging a collection's worth is unrealistic. "Granted, there are many fakes and processed [fossils] in Tianyu, like everywhere else in China," says Xu Xing, a paleontologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who is part of a team that discovered primitive dinosaur feathers in fossils that are now housed at Tianyu. "But I was truly astonished by the caliber of its real and valuable collections...It probably has a larger collection of complete fossil skeletons than any other museum in the world." "

Posted by: weft cut-loop at April 04, 2012 01:37 PM (JEpGb)

6 Son of a bitch!

Posted by: Steven Spielberg at April 04, 2012 01:37 PM (Zs83Q)

7 It would have felt like touching "long, thick fur," co-author Corwin Sullivan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in an email. “It’ll be the next big thing in cosplay.”

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at April 04, 2012 01:38 PM (QF8uk)

8 In Cretaceous Russia, giant chicken fuck you.

Posted by: Yakov Smirnoff at April 04, 2012 01:39 PM (QKKT0)

9 So, good ol' T Rex was less Arnold Schwarzenegger and more Eddie Izzard?

Posted by: booger at April 04, 2012 01:39 PM (HI6wa)

10 Is it real? What matters is that it *looks* real.

Posted by: Wholesale Replica Handbags at April 04, 2012 01:39 PM (Zs83Q)

11 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 01:40 PM (8y9MW)

12 ♪♫Fakes are the fake-iest!
Dinos are the fab-u-lest!
SCOAMF is the SCOAMFiest!
Everywhere I go...♪♫

Posted by: Radish A. Radish at April 04, 2012 01:41 PM (ZKzrr)

13 Has anyone made the "made in China" joke, yet?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 01:41 PM (8y9MW)

14 >>>>>Son of a bitch!

Posted by: Steven Spielberg at April 04, 2012 01:37 PMDon't worry about it. We have the technology to fix it.

Posted by: Geroge Lucas at April 04, 2012 01:41 PM (Zs83Q)

15 They've agreed on the Velociraptor having feathers - and the Deinonychus as well - since roughly when the Jurassic Park movie was being made. Although Crichton might not have known when he was making the book.

I was a kid in the 1980s so I remember when the "feathers" meme was first being floated... it was pretty late in the decade when I first saw it in "Discover" magazine.

The book and, to a lesser extent, movie were pretty good with the scientific consensus up to 1990. You can still salvage its mistakes by remembering first that Jurassic Park was supposed to be a commercial enterprise, so the suits may have given names like "'Raptor" to what was actually a Deinonychus for marketing purposes. Secondly, they weren't really dinosaurs in the first place. They were monsters, created out of *frog* DNA with dino DNA spliced in. Lastly, they weren't quite ready to open up the Park to tourists. (Heh.)

Given that, it's understandable there are no feathers.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 01:41 PM (QTHTd)

16 8
In Cretaceous Russia, giant chicken fuck you.


Posted by: Yakov Smirnoff at April 04, 2012 01:39 PM (QKKT0)
Well played. Yakov and chicken memes all in one. I LOLed.

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at April 04, 2012 01:41 PM (NS2Mo)

17 LIES! DAMNED LIES!

Posted by: Heralder at April 04, 2012 01:42 PM (/Mxso)

18 I wish they would stop digging up the bones of my ancestors.

It's sacrificialous.............and just plsin wrong!

Posted by: Maggie McCain at April 04, 2012 01:42 PM (U/ftZ)

19 They looked marvelous.

Posted by: toby928© at April 04, 2012 01:42 PM (GTbGH)

20 Ot.. but what the hell has happened to Hot Air? Jesus H.. no wonder I rarely go there anymore.

Posted by: jewells45 at April 04, 2012 01:42 PM (l/N7H)

21 Paleontologists are about as trust worthy as 'climatologists'.

Posted by: polynikes at April 04, 2012 01:43 PM (HoG1N)

22 This climate change is making April Fools day hang on longer and longer every year. I hate to see what next year will bring.

Posted by: CNN weather girl at April 04, 2012 01:43 PM (bAGA/)

23 The book and, to a lesser extent, movie were pretty good with the
scientific consensus up to 1990. You can still salvage its mistakes by
remembering


In the book, they knew they'd done some things wrong. They didn't care, because it was a commercial enterprise (an amusement park for the ultra-wealthy), not actually for research purposes.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 01:44 PM (8y9MW)

24 Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?

Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at April 04, 2012 01:44 PM (JEpGb)

25 T-Rex is starting to sound like James O'Keefe in the ACORN sting videos. Just needs a T-Rex Hannah Giles on his admittedly short T-Rex arms.

Posted by: Kevin in ABQ at April 04, 2012 01:46 PM (WKOAE)

26 Sounds like bullshit to me.

Posted by: Piltdown Man at April 04, 2012 01:46 PM (QKKT0)

27 beautiful feathered tyrant<<<<<

I am surprised they didn't name it the obomasaurus.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at April 04, 2012 01:46 PM (JIDLg)

28 I'll be coming soon to the natural history museum near you, for diversity's sake; I roamed the prehistoric earth wearing biker leathers and Axe body spray!

Posted by: Swishasaurous Rex, The Rainbow Dinosaur at April 04, 2012 01:46 PM (VMcoS)

29
Oh, no...when this was first reported years ago, it caused spurwing plover to really lose it.

Posted by: mike at April 04, 2012 01:46 PM (fsTVa)

30 I thought this had been debunked months ago???

Posted by: Vic at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (YdQQY)

31 So, T. Rex was a right great Poofda.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (Qxdfp)

32 Even with all those beautiful feathers, it is uglier than me!!!

Posted by: Samantha Brick at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (1grxW)

33 Feathers! We all get Feathers!

Posted by: Liberace at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (JIDLg)

34 If I, Yutyrannus huali, have a relative, it would look like me and have feathers.

Posted by: Arnie at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (pYQtg)

35 Even the dinosaurs are gay now?

Posted by: lorien1973 at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (0tkqC)

36 T-Rex used colorful plumage to attract naive but tasty eco-tourists.

Posted by: pst314 at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (OA547)

37 Well, I doubt they were "colorful," feathers at any rate. Few large predators can be successful without blending into their environments.

Posted by: Hinks at April 04, 2012 01:48 PM (cEdZt)

38 Quetzalcoatl not available for comment.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, in Cylon hell at April 04, 2012 01:48 PM (GBXon)

39 Well, a fossil of a T. Rex relative

How do they know they were related? Did they find some old Family Reunion photo albums?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 01:48 PM (8y9MW)

40 I'll bet they were total sweethearts in real life.

Posted by: Zombie Timothy Treadwell at April 04, 2012 01:49 PM (QKKT0)

41 They'll keep "discovering" new things until T-Rex becomes a tutu wearing vegan who enjoyed Broadway musicals and Coke Zero.

Posted by: Killjoy at April 04, 2012 01:49 PM (P2pFl)

42 Funny, me not remember feathers.

Posted by: Alan Grayson at April 04, 2012 01:49 PM (Qxdfp)

43 heres some news for that idiot scientest

if a dinosore had feathers on them

pretty sure a cave man would draw

a painting about it on a cave

you dont even have to go to a college to know that one

nice job moron

#JusticeForGarvon

Posted by: Jose Canseco's Gristle Encased Head at April 04, 2012 01:49 PM (+lsX1)

44 If I, Yutyrannus huali, have a relative, it would look like me and have feathers.

Thread winner. We go home now.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at April 04, 2012 01:49 PM (kqqGm)

45 I am exactly like a Tyrannosaurus, except for the steak knife teeth, and the feathers, and the claws, and the tail, and the 6 foot head, and the 20 ton weight, and..........well.........I'm hung like a Tyrannosaur, anyway..........or at least a Velociraptor, at least a small one............mebbe I'll jus shuddup.

Posted by: maddogg at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (OlN4e)

46 Paleontologists are about as trust worthy as 'climatologists'.

Oh goody, way to sound the call for the creationists to swarm in. . .

Palaeontology has its fraudsters, and is more an exercise in cataloguing than a "science" - like archaeology - but that does not mean the whole discipline is bogus. It does come up with *tentative* conclusions.

Think about it: feathers are soft. They don't get preserved to the extent of bone. They're like paper in archaeology. You are saying that, since we didn't know that the Greeks were literate during the Bronze Age, and then the Linear B tablets were found and deciphered, that this proves that archaeology is untrustworthy. IT PROVES THE EXACT OPPOSITE.

/what comes next would be a bunch of insults, born out of frustration, that people like polynikes would say such things here, despite knowing better, so this is where I'll stop

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (QTHTd)

47 Posted by: Zombie Timothy Treadwell at April 04, 2012 01:49 PM (QKKT0)

That's sick.

Funny as all heck, but sick.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (8y9MW)

48 The jackalopes caused these creatures to become extinct.

Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (VndSC)

49 Oh cmon, that was always obvious. TheT-Rex had always some Freddie-Mercuryish vibe to it and look at these limp arms. A feather boa granted by the creator shouldnt surprise anybody.

Posted by: Elize Nayden at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (noR5c)

50 Fucking Tyrant lizards were fancied up like Liberace?!?

Posted by: steevy at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (7W3wI)

51 Well, I doubt they were "colorful," feathers at any rate. Few large
predators can be successful without blending into their environments.


*cough*

Posted by: A Killer Whale at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (QKKT0)

52
"beautiful feathered tyrant."
This is some extremely important Sh#t right here.

Posted by: ruserious at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (W2qJe)

53 My family's dearly departed little budgie had a beak on him like a bear trap and wasn't afraid to use it if someone ticked him off. I 100% believe he was a dinosaur in a previous life. He certainly thought he was as big as one!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 01:51 PM (4df7R)

54 If I had a son, he would be a beautiful, feathered tyrant.

Posted by: Baraka Obama at April 04, 2012 01:51 PM (l/xhO)

55 Few large predators can be successful without blending into their environments.

I'm not sure how well a T-Rex could hide in any environment

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 01:51 PM (QTHTd)

56 WTF? I thought this science was fucking settled too!

Posted by: Fat Albert at April 04, 2012 01:51 PM (4I3Uo)

57 Next they will find a Pterodactyl that had remnants of shoes.

Posted by: polynikes at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (HoG1N)

58 A bunch of poofters.

Posted by: stegosaurus at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (GTbGH)

59 No dinosaurs in the bible, so they never existed.

No cats, either.

Posted by: 3.14159 at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (tTlIu)

60 Know what those feathery beasts turned into?
Oil. Marvelous fracking oil.

Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (VndSC)

61 @15 - Lemme guess - you didn't go out on many dates in high school, didja?

(Sorry - you left some REALLY low-hanging fruit..... )

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (0xqzf)

62 "It would have felt like touching "long, thick fur," co-author Corwin Sullivan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in an email."

Sure would have been nice if that lawyer guy in Jurassic Park could have screamed out something to confirm or deny before he went down the gullet.

Posted by: somebody else, not me at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (nZvGM)

63 Say hello to my leetle friend.

Posted by: The chicken at April 04, 2012 01:52 PM (ccXZP)

64 I'm not sure how well a T-Rex could hide in any environment

It's a matter of scale. To a human, T-Rex can't hide real well. To a brontosaurus, however, they're pretty good.

Posted by: Meiczyslaw at April 04, 2012 01:53 PM (bjRNS)

65 i looked at the first few comments - is BO no longer a SCoaMF/SCoaMT? Who knew?

Posted by: Doodad Pro at April 04, 2012 01:53 PM (BB0/w)

66 Maybe it's the dinosaur equivalent of a Furry.

Posted by: nickless at April 04, 2012 01:54 PM (MMC8r)

67 Lemme guess - you didn't go out on many dates in high school, didja?

It was an all-male boarding school in the UK so, probably just as well

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 01:54 PM (QTHTd)

68 When my baby,

When my baby smiles at me,

I go to La Brea

Tar Pit-o.

My-o me-o...

I go wild and then

I have to do the samba,

And la bamba.

Posted by: Cretaceous Peter "T. Rex" Allen at April 04, 2012 01:54 PM (kqqGm)

69 You know what else has a downy coat of wonderously colorful feathers? The warm, bathing light that shines out of Obambi's butthole. True story.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at April 04, 2012 01:54 PM (SnU3b)

70 Funny, I don't remember ever seeing anything about this on The Flintstones.

Posted by: Cicero at April 04, 2012 01:54 PM (QKKT0)

71 I thought this had been debunked months ago???
Posted by: Vic at April 04, 2012 01:47 PM (YdQQY)



Meh. Stuff gets unproved and re-proved depending on who needs it to supporttheir currentagenda. Somebody probably needs the feathery T-Rex to prove thatbigtoothy megafauna transmogrified into the canary or something.
I remembera nature program I once watched that purported to prove that whales evolved from bats. The bats, discontented with flying around over land, went back to the sea. Pretty amazing case of natural selection there. They never did explain the process for that. Presumably one day a mutant flightless bat was born, fell in the sea, somehow managed to find sustenance and reproduce with some other equally luckyflightless bat, and then they just sorta got by until one day a mutant flightless bat with gills sprung forth, and so on.
I got a good laugh out of that one.

Posted by: Reactionary at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (xUM1Q)

72 Bring it Boulder.

Posted by: polynikes at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (HoG1N)

73 Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 01:50 PM (QTHTd)

See, the problem is the same with paleontologists as it is with "climatologists." The only ones most people ever hear from (read: the ones who do specials on Animal Planet and History Channel) want to act as though their "*tentative* conclusions" are, instead, known and proven fact.

Watch one of those "Walking with Dinosaurs" (or whatever) shows- you'll never once hear the phrases "we think," "current belief is," or "evidence suggests." It's always "we know," or "they were," or other statements of certainty.

So then, when they're proven wrong (or even when evidence arises that says there are questions), they look dishonest, instead of merely wrong.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (8y9MW)

74 Next they'll expect us to believe that unicorns have feathers.

Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (VndSC)

75 T-Rex can't hide real well. To a brontosaurus

Geez, dad; that's *apatosaurus* and they lived in the Jurassic. T-Rex lived in the Cretaceous. That's a totally different period! Try not to embarrass us in front of the internet, wouldja?

Posted by: Meiczyslaw's seven-year-old son at April 04, 2012 01:56 PM (QTHTd)

76 My family's dearly departed little budgie had a beak on him like a bear
trap and wasn't afraid to use it if someone ticked him off. I 100%
believe he was a dinosaur in a previous life. He certainly thought he
was as big as one!


We have a lovebird that's the same way. He will take on anything anytime, any place. Nothing like a 'good morning' chomp on the neck to get you going!

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at April 04, 2012 01:56 PM (VMcoS)

77 So Boulder toilet is a #*@%$*!! Limey?

Posted by: maddogg at April 04, 2012 01:56 PM (OlN4e)

78 Beautiful Feathered Tyrant is what I named my cock.

Posted by: runninrebel at April 04, 2012 01:56 PM (N/1Dm)

79 Yes Ricardo ...yes ...yes ... call me T-Rex! ... Oh Barack ....oh yes ...

Posted by: Sandy Ullivan at April 04, 2012 01:57 PM (noR5c)

80 74 Next they'll expect us to believe that unicorns have feathers.

Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (VndSC)

Whoa - let me stop you right there before you start attacking my man Santa!

Posted by: Doodad Pro at April 04, 2012 01:57 PM (BB0/w)

81 And here I thought T. rex bestrode the stage at the Kids' Choice Awards the other night, resplendently clad in skin-tight shimmering raiment.

My mistake...

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at April 04, 2012 01:57 PM (Wqfrr)

82 >>TheT-Rex had always some Freddie-Mercuryish vibe to it and look at these limp arms.

Get it on...bang a gong...get it on.

Posted by: Radish A. Radish at April 04, 2012 01:58 PM (ZKzrr)

83 We needed the feathers cause we weren't smart enough to drill for oil and warm the globe. Plus FAAABULOUS

Posted by: Zombie T-Rex at April 04, 2012 01:58 PM (SO2Q8)

84 Did Tyrannosaurus Rex Have a Downy Coat of Wondrously Colorful Feathers?


Where exactly is this question frequently asked?

Posted by: s☺mej☼e at April 04, 2012 01:58 PM (udEUT)

85 It was an all-male boarding school in the UK so, probably just as well

*blushes*

I was just messin' with ya - didn't realize it might have been true!
Thanks for the laugh.....

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at April 04, 2012 01:58 PM (0xqzf)

86 Next they'll expect us to believe that unicorns have feathers.
Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (VndSC)

And that they don't shit Skittles.

Posted by: somebody else, not me at April 04, 2012 01:58 PM (nZvGM)

87 Get it on...bang the gong....get it on.

Posted by: The REAL T-Rex had a top hat at April 04, 2012 01:59 PM (NS2Mo)

88 "I remember a nature program I once watched that purported to prove that whales evolved from bats.">>>>>> One of Charles Darwin's biggest "oopsie!"s was when he saw a bear swimming in a lake with it's mouth open, apparently consuming the swarms of insects on the surface, and decided that whales (at least the ones with baleen) and bears were closely related.. Can't remember the whole story, but I think he wrote a mea culpa article years later.

Posted by: Lincolntf at April 04, 2012 01:59 PM (HethX)

89 Hollywood just orgasmed. Now they can recycle all of their dinosaur scrpts, now with feathers.

Posted by: Jean at April 04, 2012 01:59 PM (JjNG+)

90 They've found a lot of 'giant bird' fossils in South America....various types, the biggest of which don't seem to have wings for flying, with small apendages like the arms on aT-rex.

So this 'feathered dinosaur' theory is not all that new. ....The good thing about things like this, is it illustrates how most of what we 'know', is based on what we've found so far.

It's always irksome to me to hear someone argue adamantlyabout some ancient bit of scientific knowledge....as though they are sooo sure that they are right....without making the caveat that it isbased on 'what we know so far'.

Posted by: wheatie at April 04, 2012 01:59 PM (+5U+B)

91 @82! Curses! You beat me to it!

Posted by: The REAL T-Rex had a top hat at April 04, 2012 01:59 PM (NS2Mo)

92
Well, I doubt they were "colorful," feathers at any rate. Few large

predators can be successful without blending into their environments.










Colorful feathers, riiiiiight. The reality was probably more like GIANT FUCKING GHILLIE SUITED CARNIVORE SNIPERS.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 04, 2012 02:00 PM (tQoT4)

93 I still want to know how they know what color the dinosaurs were.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:00 PM (VtjlW)

94 Moochisaurus

Posted by: HoboJerky at April 04, 2012 02:00 PM (xAtAj)

95 Paleontologists are like private detectives.

You keep giving the money and they will keep digging.

Posted by: Killjoy at April 04, 2012 02:00 PM (P2pFl)

96 78 Beautiful Feathered Tyrant is what I named my cock.
--

Must be quite a chicken

Posted by: Zombie Frank Purdue at April 04, 2012 02:00 PM (SO2Q8)

97
Next they'll expect us to believe that unicorns have feathers.

Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (VndSC)


And that they don't shit Skittles.


That's where Trayvon should have gone for his skittles.

Posted by: Retread at April 04, 2012 02:01 PM (joSBv)

98 Next they'll expect us to believe that unicorns have feathers.

Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (VndSC)


And that they don't shit Skittles.


I guess I picked a bad day to stop polishing TheOne's™ knob.

Posted by: Excitable Andi Sullivan, noted OBGYN at April 04, 2012 02:01 PM (kqqGm)

99 One thing Paleontologists can say with certainty is that T-Rex did not beat his meat.

Posted by: maddogg at April 04, 2012 02:02 PM (OlN4e)

100 I still want to know how they know what color the dinosaurs were.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:00 PM (VtjlW)

Latent chemical compounds?

Posted by: HoboJerky at April 04, 2012 02:02 PM (xAtAj)

101 Next thing you know, that horrific roar that everyone associates with T-Rex will be revised by scientists into just a very loud clucking.

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at April 04, 2012 02:02 PM (NS2Mo)

102 I still want to know how they know what color the dinosaurs were.

They was probably white.

Posted by: Al Sharpton, Social Paleontologist at April 04, 2012 02:02 PM (QKKT0)

103
"Well, a fossil of a T. Rex relative has preserved what scientists say is a feathery coat."
And nearby they found a lovely belt and a handbag that was to die for. Proving that not only did T. Rex have a pretty feather coat, but was very adept at accessorizing, possibly having the most advanced fashion sense of any dinosaur of his time.

Posted by: Marmo at April 04, 2012 02:02 PM (I8GNk)

104 86 Next they'll expect us to believe that unicorns have feathers. Posted by: Roy at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (VndSC) And that they don't shit Skittles.

----
If only

Posted by: Zombie Trayvon at April 04, 2012 02:02 PM (SO2Q8)

105
I stopped listening to this horseshit when they changed the name of the Brontosaurus for no good reason.

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:03 PM (jUytm)

106
1) Republicans = Dinosaurs
2) Dinosaurs found with feathers around neck
3) Republicans wear feather boas

It makes perfect sense now.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at April 04, 2012 02:03 PM (7+pP9)

107 Two or more of my relatives have vaginas, therefore I have a vagina.

Posted by: I want a cylon wife-hammering machine please at April 04, 2012 02:04 PM (+6ZZN)

108
Jesse Ventura - a godamnn Sexual Tyrannosaurus, who also wore feathers in a boa.

No wonder they died out.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at April 04, 2012 02:04 PM (j9St3)

109 We have a lovebird that's the same way. He will take on anything anytime, any place. Nothing like a 'good morning' chomp on the neck to get you going!

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at April 04, 2012 01:56 PM (VMcoS)


I can believe it! lol! Trying to hang up a sprig of millet in our budgie's cage was a practice in trying to avoid his beak. "Dammit, bird, I'm trying to GIVE YOU FOOD. Stop trying to bite me to get at the food that I'm trying to give you!"

I miss the little guy.

I'm going to imagine him kicking some feathery T-Rex's ass in bird heaven now. He'd just go right up and kick it in the eye.It would be awesome.

To get back on topic, I can easily envision dinosaurs evolving into birds, but actual dinosaurs with actual feathers? I dunno. That feels a bit like a stretch. What would be the evolutionary benefit? Warmth?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:04 PM (4df7R)

110 Much like Moses, Yutyrannus huali was an early Muslim.

Posted by: Islamic Outreach Director at April 04, 2012 02:05 PM (phlKA)

111 FYHOTUS = First Yutyrannus huali of the United States

Posted by: Secret Service new acronym for Moochelle at April 04, 2012 02:06 PM (k+5TM)

112
A thousand years from now the descendants of these scientists will claim they believe they found evidence that human female once had teeth in their vaginas to protect them from unwanted copulation.

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:06 PM (jUytm)

113 I remembera nature program I once watched that
purported to prove that whales evolved from bats. .



Posted by: Reactionary at April 04, 2012 01:55 PM (xUM1Q)

If that's the show I saw, it was the funniest thing in the world. They also did one saying they were going to explain in great detail how some dinosaur evolved into a turkey. They spent an hour and fifty-five minutes going over the feathers in every different way they could think of ("Dinosaur, Feathers! Feathers, Dinosaur! Dinosaur? Feathers! Dinosaur!" and then in the last five minutes fast forwarded a few million years and showed a turkey. The End.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at April 04, 2012 02:06 PM (SnU3b)

114 Did the new dinosaur use any hair products?

Metrosexosaurus Aceii

Posted by: Jones in CO at April 04, 2012 02:06 PM (8sCoq)

115
@89 "Hollywood just orgasmed. Now they can recycle all of their dinosaur scrpts, now with feathers."

All the geeks in the CGI rendering department just won the lottery.

Posted by: Fat Albert at April 04, 2012 02:06 PM (4I3Uo)

116 Just ask Stitch Pelosi what they looked like and call it a day.

Posted by: Jimmah at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (UpwlP)

117 dang fat sock

Posted by: Jaws at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (4I3Uo)

118
I stopped listening to this horseshit when they changed the name of the Brontosaurus for no good reason.

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:03 PM (jUytm)


Why are all you Republicans so anti-science?

Posted by: Jacob at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (7+pP9)

119 Helen Thomas has feathers.

Posted by: Cricket at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (DrC22)

120 and then in the last five minutes fast forwarded a few million years and showed a turkey.

But don't you dare suggest that some Intelligence might be influencing the *ahem* design of animals. That's crazy religious talk.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (8y9MW)

121 I thought the Obama Unicorns were supposed to crap hot wings and piss beer? Was that some kind of special order unicorn?

Posted by: runninrebel at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (N/1Dm)

122
Once upon a time, giant emus roamed the Earth...

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (jUytm)

123 no- obamacorns shit skittles

Posted by: Jones in CO at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (8sCoq)

124 Paleontologists are like private detectives. You keep giving the money and they will keep digging


I stopped listening to this horseshit when they changed the name of the Brontosaurus for no good reason.

Next thing you know, that horrific roar that everyone associates with
T-Rex will be revised by scientists into just a very loud clucking.


Yeah, glib little cheap-shots posted here disprove over a hundred years of painstaking fieldwork, cataloguing, drawing up charts, and going back to the field to repeat the process over and over.

Among the charges Liberals foist upon Conservatives, is that they resent scientists personally, have no clue about how the scientific method and would rather read comfort-food churned out by hucksters like Behe.


Based on this thread, the Liberals have a point.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (QTHTd)

125 we also know that cowboys were able to corral dinosaurs and ride them

Posted by: Jones in CO at April 04, 2012 02:09 PM (8sCoq)

126 They had feathers and were fabulous until the damn Jews wiped them out. I was there back then so I know. Fucking Jews!!!

Posted by: Helen Thomas at April 04, 2012 02:09 PM (fYOZx)

127 Once upon a time, giant emus roamed the Earth...

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (jUytm)


I read that as, "Once upon a time, giant anus roamed the Earth..."

I need to stop reading so much stuff about Obama.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:10 PM (4df7R)

128 "Oh Rex! You look fab-u-lous!"

Posted by: Allosaurus at April 04, 2012 02:10 PM (hLRSq)

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:10 PM (4df7R)

130 Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (QTHTd)

Here. I just got a new bottle of Pamprin. Take all you need.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:10 PM (VtjlW)

131
Based on this thread, the Liberals have a point.

hahaha, you funny

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:10 PM (jUytm)

132 121 I thought the Obama Unicorns were supposed to crap hot wings and piss beer? Was that some kind of special order unicorn?

Posted by: runninrebel at April 04, 2012 02:07 PM (N/1Dm)


Hang on, what about the unicorns that shit rainbows? Are those someone else's unicorns, not Obama's?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:11 PM (4df7R)

133 At least I am, as has been pointed out, a "limey". American Conservatives are a god-damned disgrace.

Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 02:11 PM (QTHTd)

134 This pisses me off!

We can dig up a hundred T-Rexes, but proof of Jesus remains off-limits because they covered Him in highrise condos and delis?

Posted by: Killjoy at April 04, 2012 02:11 PM (P2pFl)

135 130
Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (QTHTd)



Here. I just got a new bottle of Pamprin. Take all you need.





Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:10 PM (VtjlW)



Awwwww SNAP!

Posted by: runninrebel at April 04, 2012 02:11 PM (N/1Dm)

136 They obviously were part of the 1% if they had feathers. Only greedy 1% dinos would not spread the feathers around.

Posted by: Barack Obama at April 04, 2012 02:11 PM (fYOZx)

137 Once upon a time, giant emus roamed the Earth...

I have a friend who is a vet who says the best way to kill someone is to send them an emu. Apparently emus are nasty fuckers and the emu will not be pleased to be in the box and will disembowel the poor person who opens said box.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:12 PM (VtjlW)

138 The new tyrannosaur species, Yutyrannus huali, is described in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Given the feather boa, I would have thought that Tranny-X would have been more appropriate.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at April 04, 2012 02:12 PM (X3lox)

139 Oops, the McDonalds lottery winner hid the ticket inside the McDonalds where all the other winners still work.

Posted by: Jimmah at April 04, 2012 02:12 PM (UpwlP)

140
Here's a serious question:

How many, if any, complete T-Rexes have been discovered and unearthed?

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (jUytm)

141 And the veil drops at last.

Posted by: maddogg at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (OlN4e)

142


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:12 PM (VtjlW)



Mm. That sounds like Ostrich propaganda.

Posted by: runninrebel at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (N/1Dm)

143 Based on this thread, the Liberals have a point.
Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (QTHTd)


Then why don't you take a government issued condom, slide it provocatively onto'the Liberals' pointand shove that point up your ass.

Posted by: Ms Choksondik at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (fYOZx)

144 Ace, don't believe it; Chinese knock-offs are always inferior.

Posted by: Randy M at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (vI8R6)

145 Oops, the McDonalds lottery winner hid the ticket inside the McDonalds where all the other winners still work.

Seriously? Because if so I may sprain myself laughing.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (VtjlW)

146 Posted by: Boulder Toilet Hobo at April 04, 2012 02:08 PM (QTHTd)

Take it easy there, BTH. It's not paleontologists who aggravate us. It's paleontologists (and other scientists) who present their theories as FACT.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:14 PM (4df7R)

147
Alex, an emu is an ugly pissed-off ostrich.

Right?

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:14 PM (jUytm)

148 makes sense. you go extinct if evolution turns you gay.

Posted by: X at April 04, 2012 02:14 PM (8Yc/9)

149 So they're not extinct, they're just birdies? Thought so.

Posted by: dagny at April 04, 2012 02:14 PM (CMM9V)

150 124....Based on this thread, the Liberals have a point.

Not really, Hobo. .....Most conservatives simply have a problem with scientists who manipulate their data to try to accomodate some political agenda.

If it were discovered that dinosaurs lost their feathery coverings as a result of prehistoric global warming, for example.....how much would we hear about this right now?

Posted by: wheatie at April 04, 2012 02:15 PM (+5U+B)

151 133
*
You're a Brit living in the USA? You must have no problem meeting women.

Posted by: kallisto at April 04, 2012 02:15 PM (jm/9g)

152 Another Archaeoraptor?

Posted by: J at April 04, 2012 02:15 PM (Cq/0w)

153
And the veil drops at last.

It was bound to happen sooner rather than later...especially on a blog like AoS. We seem to bring out the best in humanity.

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:15 PM (jUytm)

154 Science is supposed to be questioned.Science that is not questioned is not science.

Posted by: steevy at April 04, 2012 02:16 PM (7W3wI)

155 the McDonald's employee who said she wouldn't share the winnings with her lottery pool because she bought the ticket separately from her co-workers, claims to have hidden the winning ticket—logically, at the McDonald's where they all work. "I left my ticket there, and it’s somewhere safe that only I know about," the 37-year-old tells theNew York Post. The mom of seven adds that she bought it with a "lucky dollar" she found on the McDonald's floor.
--
Obama voter proves she isn't very bright.

Posted by: Jimmah at April 04, 2012 02:16 PM (UpwlP)

156 SCIENCE!!!!! Performed by SCIENCY-TISTS!!!!! So it must be true.

I do rather like the notion of Giant Emus of Doom with huge fangs, though.

Posted by: Stu-22 at April 04, 2012 02:16 PM (AiYlm)

157
Welcome to another round of "A leftist spins the Wheel of Blame"


The wheel can land on any of the below:


*Racism

*Corporations

*Conservatives

*Non-dem Religious people


Today apparently I will blame past misunderstanding of Dinosaurs on (spins the wheel).....
Non-dem religious people! For hating sciencey things!
Thank you for playing be sure to join me next round to see who a tarded leftist will blame for anything and everything from their very complex and insightful "Wheeeel offff Blaaaaame!"

Posted by: Shiggz RocketSurgeon at April 04, 2012 02:16 PM (RfvTE)

158 Feathers and fur both function to nsulate heat. If dinosaurs had feathers it is thus likely they were warmblooded. That would blow a whole bunch of theories as to how they became extinct to kingdom come.

Posted by: NC Mountain Girl at April 04, 2012 02:17 PM (SAI0n)

159 I watched a Nat Geo special about crocs a few days ago and they made the odd assertion that crocs are more closely related to birds than to dinosaurs.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 04, 2012 02:17 PM (piMMO)

160 Oops, the McDonalds lottery winner hid the ticket inside the McDonalds where all the other winners still work.

That McDonald's will be the cleanest store in the chain. Or there won't be one brick standing on another.

Posted by: Retread at April 04, 2012 02:17 PM (joSBv)

161 139 Oops, the McDonalds lottery winner hid the ticket inside the McDonalds where all the other winners still work.
-------------------------------

I think in her own unintelligent and unsophisticated way, she's just buying time until her co-workers just forget about the whole thing. ;-)

Posted by: Killjoy at April 04, 2012 02:17 PM (P2pFl)

162 I don't think Emu's are dangerous.Ostrichs and those big ones in Australia are (Capbaris?).

Posted by: steevy at April 04, 2012 02:17 PM (7W3wI)

163 Our Asian and Latino brothers and sisters have been oppressed for too long. Beginning today, all official Federal documentation bidness will be conductigated in bi-lingual Engrish and Latin.

Posted by: Sumbudy's Kenya Dream Connection at April 04, 2012 02:18 PM (0It32)

164 I have a friend who is a vet who says the best way to kill someone is to send them an emu. Apparently emus are nasty fuckers and the emu will not be pleased to be in the box and will disembowel the poor person who opens said box.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:12 PM (VtjlW)


My father's cousin works at a farm/ranch/petting zoo that has ostriches as one of the exhibits. She says they are the meanest animals she has ever put up with, including geese and roosters (and if you've ever had to deal with a mean rooster, you know how fricking MEAN they can be). They put up signs and fences and ropes and all kinds of barriers to keep stupid people from getting too close, because the ostriches WILL disembowel you if you piss them off. Of course, stupid peoplehappily ignore all the barriers to get close to the enclosure, and then get all pissy when one of the staff shoos them away.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:18 PM (4df7R)

165 BTW, the poor T-Rex has had its rep dragged through the mud repeatedly. At one time it was a ferocious hunter, then a few years ago they determined it was more a scavenger. Now, it appears it might have just been a big-ass vulture.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 04, 2012 02:19 PM (piMMO)

166 weft-cut loop,

THANK YOU! For some reason, without knowing, I suspected the Chinese would be cheats at paleontology as they are about everything else.

However, being suspicious of that, I checked for it; the article says the team was of Chinese scientists and Canadian scientists.

Posted by: ace at April 04, 2012 02:19 PM (nj1bB)

167 I can't believe no one has written Trannysaurus Rex yet. My apologies if I missed it.

Posted by: Ms Choksondik at April 04, 2012 02:20 PM (fYOZx)

168
So this woman actually thinks she can get away with this?

She thinks she can go into her McDonalds store and swipe one of the group's tickets and then claim it was hers all along?

This is what they call pulling a "yoinks!"

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:20 PM (jUytm)

169
I think in her own unintelligent and unsophisticated way, she's just
buying time until her co-workers just forget about the whole thing.
;-)

****


I hope she's holding her breath while waiting.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 04, 2012 02:20 PM (piMMO)

170 >>>At one time it was a ferocious hunter, then a few years ago they determined it was more a scavenger

ehhhh... most super-predators are scavengers or hijackers first, and predators when they need to be.

When you're bad-ass like a lion, you don't have to hunt. You just have to chase away lesser predators when they've got a kill.

Posted by: ace at April 04, 2012 02:21 PM (nj1bB)

171 However, being suspicious of that, I checked for it; the article says the team was of Chinese scientists and Canadian scientists.
-----------------------------

Keystone.

Need I say more?

Posted by: Killjoy at April 04, 2012 02:21 PM (P2pFl)

172 I do rather like the notion of Giant Emus of Doom with huge fangs, though.

So help me, SciFi better be making that movie right now.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:22 PM (VtjlW)

173 When you're bad-ass like a lion, you don't have to hunt. You just have to chase away lesser predators when they've got a kill.

Posted by: ace at April 04, 2012 02:21 PM (nj1bB)


Someday the hyenas are going to demand reparations from Simba, aren't they?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:22 PM (4df7R)

174 I bet Boulder thinks Samantha Brick is smoking hot.

Posted by: polynikes at April 04, 2012 02:23 PM (HoG1N)

175 So help me, SciFi better be making that movie right now.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:22 PM (VtjlW)


I don't know which I want more: Giant Emus of Doom or Monkey Gun.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at April 04, 2012 02:23 PM (4df7R)

176 Sorry, feathered dinosaurs sound like pussies. I refuse to believe they were just giant chickens and not awesome.

Posted by: Jarrod at April 04, 2012 02:24 PM (3F6z4)

177 168 So this woman actually thinks she can get away with this? She thinks she can go into her McDonalds store and swipe one of the group's tickets and then claim it was hers all along? This is what they call pulling a "yoinks!"
Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:20 PM (jUytm)
----
She says she bought it with a lucky dollar she "found" on the floor.I'll bet.

Posted by: Jimmah at April 04, 2012 02:24 PM (UpwlP)

178 However, being suspicious of that, I checked for it; the article says
the team was of Chinese scientists and Canadian scientists.


"We've also proven that Tyrannosaurus's short arms proved he was very frugal, and that his feathered toque kept him warm at night. It's science. Take off. Hoser.

Posted by: Ang Wang McCullin, Paleontologist at April 04, 2012 02:25 PM (VMcoS)

179 She says she bought it with a lucky dollar she "found" on the floor.I'll bet.


*****

I wonder how often her cash drawer has come up a dollar or two short at the end of her shift.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 04, 2012 02:25 PM (piMMO)

180 Note to self - If you ever win the lottery in the group pool, make sure you HAVE the ticket before publicly screwing everyone over.

Posted by: Jimmah at April 04, 2012 02:26 PM (UpwlP)

181 147 Sounds like Pelosi. She probably has her feathers plucked. A raptor looks a lot like Debbie Washyrhair Schultz with dyed blond curls.

Posted by: dagny at April 04, 2012 02:27 PM (CMM9V)

182 Putting feathers on a T-Rex does not make him any less awesome, it just means he didn't freeze to death when the temperature dropped. Seriously, how many naked animals do you see that don't live in the water. And don't mention reptiles like snakes and lizards, a T-Rex couldn't crawl under a log when it got cold.

Posted by: maddogg at April 04, 2012 02:27 PM (OlN4e)

183 >>>Among the charges Liberals foist upon Conservatives, is that they resent scientists personally, have no clue about how the scientific method and would rather read comfort-food churned out by hucksters like Behe.


There is nothing wrong with noting the incentives present in science. People do not win Nobel prizes for confirming the already confirmed. People get big money for pop-science accounts and speaking tours for trotting out Big New Revelations.

There is an inherent bias in this direction.

Right now there is a bias towards finding dinosaurs had feathers, as that's new and surprising and will sell books and get you speaking tour fees.

If this becomes the Standard Model, in 20 years the thing that gets you notice will be debunking the standard model.

I am often very suspicious myself at how quickly Large Conclusions are accepted, or at least seriously put forward, based on marginal or debatable evidence.

I saw a Nova. Scientists had found a mass grave of primitive humans. They had lots of broken bones and many broken skulls.

They postulated that these injuries proved they were hunting Big Game like mammoths and suffered lots of traumas doing so.

The more obvious and evidenced and common-sense postulate is that they were slaughtered by other primitive humans (or by a different species of primitive humans). And the broken bones and broken skulls were the work of clubs.

Also explains the mass grave, no?

For some reason, maybe political correctness or the beloved archetype of the Noble Savage, they didn't even mention this obvious possibility.

"Science" is incorruptible -- scientists themselves, much less so.

Posted by: ace at April 04, 2012 02:27 PM (nj1bB)

184 When you're bad-ass like a lion, you don't have to hunt. You just have to chase away lesser predators when they've got a kill.



Posted by: ace at April 04, 2012 02:21 PM (nj1bB)


“You watch those nature documentaries on the cable? You see the one
about lions?

You got this lion. He’s the king of the jungle, huge mane
out to here. He’s laying under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He’s so
big ... it’s so hot ... He doesn’t want to move.

Now the little lions come,
they start messing with him. Biting his tail, biting his ears. He
doesn’t do anything. The lioness, she starts messing with him. Coming
over, making trouble. Still nothing. Now the other animals, they notice
this. They start to move in. The jackals; hyenas. They’re barking at
him, laughing at him. They nip his toes, and eat the food that’s in his
domain. They do this, then they get closer and closer, bolder and
bolder. Till one day, that lion gets up and tears the shit out of
everybody. Runs like the wind, eats everything in his path. Cause every
once in a while, the lion has to show the jackals, who he is.”

Posted by: Christopher Walken (Uncle Mike) from Poolhall Junkies at April 04, 2012 02:28 PM (X3lox)

185 I don't know which I want more: Giant Emus of Doom or Monkey Gun.

I think we deserve both. See, this is why I wanted to win the Mega, I totally would have started Horde Productions so that these works of cinematic genius would finally see the light of day.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at April 04, 2012 02:28 PM (VtjlW)

186 >>>Sorry, feathered dinosaurs sound like pussies. I refuse to believe they were just giant chickens and not awesome.


How would a T. Rex with brilliant Warrior Feathers be *less* awesome?

Posted by: ace at April 04, 2012 02:29 PM (nj1bB)

187 Obama = Samantha Brick

Romney = Reality

Posted by: polynikes at April 04, 2012 02:29 PM (HoG1N)

188 My guess is that the McDonalds will develop a sudden need for renovations and new equipment.

and BTH, lighten up, Francis.

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at April 04, 2012 02:30 PM (NS2Mo)

189 It you've ever watched an Eagle or an Owl swoop down and carry off large prey....then you've seen how fierce and efficient a feathered predator can be.

Having feathers is not an indication that a creature is 'pussified'....or weak.

Posted by: wheatie at April 04, 2012 02:31 PM (+5U+B)

190 I seem to recall evidence that some dinosaurs still lived in N. America a few hundred thousand years after the comet strike.

Posted by: Shiggz RocketSurgeon at April 04, 2012 02:32 PM (RfvTE)

191 Now one of Wilson's co-workers scoffs at the tale, telling the Post, "I don’t believe her. I didn’t believe her from the beginning, she’s always been strange. She’s an attention seeker. She likes to have all the attention on herself." Wilson, who had promised to use her winnings to help her native Haiti rebuild, says she's "waiting for things to calm down" before returning to Mickey D's to retrieve the ticket.------
Probably didn't even win it. If its hidden at McDonalds, how does she know she won? Did she write the number down then hide the ticket? I don't think so.

Posted by: Jimmah at April 04, 2012 02:32 PM (UpwlP)

192
Aw come on.

Next thing you're gonna tell me is that Wooley Mammoths were really Feathery Mammoths.

And instead of giant tusks, they had beaks.

Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:34 PM (jUytm)

193 That dinosaurs had feathers has long been suspected by some.

Posted by: Random at April 04, 2012 02:34 PM (TBMYy)

194 >>> "A team of Chinese and Canadian scientists"

A lovely Canadian female friend of mine whom I lost touch with years ago, unfortunately, moved to pursue her love of palentology and dinosaurs specifically. She always had dinosaur eggs and so forth in her home. A really classy woman, all around, and very smart.

I wonder if she was involved with this. I know she'd want to be.

Posted by: Random at April 04, 2012 02:36 PM (TBMYy)

195 I was actually kind of dating her to start off with, but she was late for a date, and I met this hot blonde chick, and was getting her number when the Paleontologist girl showed up. Ended up having coffee with both of them, talking about whatever.

The Paleontologist girl and I were just friends soon after that. Went out with, but never even slept with the blonde girl.

Such a tragedy.

Posted by: Random at April 04, 2012 02:38 PM (TBMYy)

196 In my defense:

- I thought I'd been stood up.

- The blonde was really hot (too).

Posted by: Random at April 04, 2012 02:39 PM (TBMYy)

197 I am big fan of sciencetits.

Posted by: Shiggz RocketSurgeon at April 04, 2012 02:40 PM (RfvTE)

198 I watched a red shouldered hawk (first one I'd ever seen) eat a frog the other day. I lead a very exciting life.

Posted by: Lincolntf at April 04, 2012 02:41 PM (HethX)

199 >>>182 Putting feathers on a T-Rex does not make him any less awesome...

It makes him gay and explains why they are now extinct. There were no T-Rex beards back then.

Posted by: mike at April 04, 2012 02:42 PM (fsTVa)

200 I don't know which I want more: Giant Emus of Doom or Monkey Gun. ---
Giant Emus of Doom VS. Monkey Gun.
honestly, do i have to do ALL the thinking around here?

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at April 04, 2012 02:43 PM (SO2Q8)

201 >>TheT-Rex had always some Freddie-Mercuryish vibe to it and look at these limp arms.

Get it on...bang a gong...get it on.

*
*
I love being banged!

Posted by: Miss A. Gong at April 04, 2012 02:44 PM (exvgC)

202 189 It you've ever watched an Eagle or an Owl swoop down and carry off large prey....then you've seen how fierce and efficient a feathered predator can be. Having feathers is not an indication that a creature is 'pussified'....or weak.

---
Speak for yourself

Posted by: Macho Peacock at April 04, 2012 02:44 PM (SO2Q8)

203 I do not support the overthrow of giant thunder lizards by big chickens. You shouldnt either.

Posted by: OhGee at April 04, 2012 02:45 PM (mefTt)

204 198:
*
At a former job I had an office with big picture windows. I was enthralled to see a red-tailed hawk alight on a telephone pole, until I saw a wriggling, squirming small mammal in the grip of its talons. As soon as it landed on the pole top, it proceeded to bang the living shit out of that poor squirrel, holding it in its claw and repeatedly bashing it until it stopped moving. It was pretty horrifying, but that's mother nature for you.

Posted by: kallisto at April 04, 2012 02:46 PM (jm/9g)

205 >>> it proceeded to bang the living shit out of that poor squirrel, holding
it in its claw and repeatedly bashing it until it stopped moving. It was
pretty horrifying, but that's mother nature for you.

At first I misread that as you doing that to the hawk to protect the mammal.

Posted by: Random at April 04, 2012 02:50 PM (TBMYy)

206
Here's a serious question:



How many, if any, complete T-Rexes have been discovered and unearthed?





Posted by: soothsayer at April 04, 2012 02:13 PM (jUytm)





I think the closest is Sue at the Field Museum at around 90% complete.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 04, 2012 02:50 PM (tQoT4)

207
The Shit Just Got Real.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie © at April 04, 2012 02:51 PM (1hM1d)

208 BBC is airing 3 documentaries on the Woolly Mammoth: http://goo.gl/WrEUL

Posted by: mike at April 04, 2012 02:53 PM (fsTVa)

209
Posted by: kallisto at April 04, 2012 02:46 PM (jm/9g)





We have a red-tail that hangs out around my shop. His favorite eating spot is at the top of a telephone pole about 20 ft from the front door. Not uncommon to see him take a rat up and proceed to rip it to shreds while it's still moving.

Nature, red in tooth and claw.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 04, 2012 02:54 PM (tQoT4)

210 >> Having feathers is not an indication that a creature is 'pussified'....or weak.

Posted by: wheatie at April 04, 2012 02:31 PM (+5U+B)

That's right, Macho Man Randy Savage wasn't some kinda fruitcake who hopped around half-naked with oiled up men.

Posted by: I want a cylon wife-hammering machine please at April 04, 2012 02:54 PM (+6ZZN)

211 205
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Normally, I would know better than to try and tangle with a raptor. But if it's that time of the month, all bets are off.

Posted by: kallisto at April 04, 2012 02:54 PM (jm/9g)

212 BBC is airing 3 documentaries on the Woolly Mammoth: http://goo.gl/WrEUL

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Why is the word "mastodon" funnier than the word "mammoth"?

Phyllis Diller: "You know how some women get those little crows' feet around their eyes? This broad had mastodon tracks."

Not as funny as "mammoth tracks," right? Why is that?

Posted by: Miss A. Gong at April 04, 2012 02:58 PM (exvgC)

213 >>>How would a T. Rex with brilliant Warrior Feathers be *less* awesome?
Posted by: ace

Are you wearing any? If not, why not?

Posted by: mike at April 04, 2012 02:59 PM (fsTVa)

214 I think the closest is Sue at the Field Museum at around 90% complete.


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Isn't that where the heads of the "ghost" lions are displayed?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 04, 2012 03:00 PM (piMMO)

215 That's right, Macho Man Randy Savage wasn't some kinda fruitcake who hopped around half-naked with oiled up men.

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Snort

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at April 04, 2012 03:01 PM (piMMO)

216 Hey, Roy. I've got your number. Trying to fly under the radar? Your strange affinity for "Jackalopes" gave you away.

Posted by: kathysaysso at April 04, 2012 03:07 PM (ZtwUX)

217 209 *
One of them built her nest about 150 feet back from my boyfriend's yard. He set up a telescope in his house to watch its coming and goings. He described how she brought a big branch to the nest, held it with a talon, then with her beak broke it to the right size to plug a hole in the nest. She raised a brood there but the next year a great horned owl took it over. Guess that was one battle Mama Hawk didn't want to fight, she never came back and the nest waseventually blown down in a windstorm.
Fascinating, beautiful creatures they are.

Posted by: kallisto at April 04, 2012 03:07 PM (jm/9g)

218 I seem to recall evidence that some dinosaurs still lived in N. America a few hundred thousand years after the comet strike.
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Diehards . . . hanging on in the old neighborhood, hoping it would get re-gentrified.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at April 04, 2012 03:11 PM (exvgC)

219 I don't mind watching raptors eat a little something they caught on the hoof, but the crows picking at dead squirrels by the side of the road got no class at all.

Posted by: lincolntf at April 04, 2012 03:11 PM (hiMsy)

220 I heard there was a trainwreck in here. Where do I start the rubbernecking?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 04, 2012 03:37 PM (isP0N)

221 this is worse than the Gaybraham Lincoln thing. or the gay Jesus, who if he was gay, I suppose would have ridden a dinosaur with brightly colored feathers, so it makes sense..

Posted by: X at April 04, 2012 03:47 PM (8Yc/9)

222 Something to consider is that bones make up about 10% of body mass, so having skeletons doesn't help really understand what creatures looked, acted, or moved like beyond very basic, fundamental guesses.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 04, 2012 04:10 PM (r4wIV)

223 I remember in the early 90's I believe, "they" found a fossil of a "part bird, part blizzard", in China no less. The evolutionists were so excited. They finally had their proof! That one turned out to be a hoax,,,,too.

Posted by: teej at April 04, 2012 04:12 PM (MYQ7K)

224 Part blizzard - part blizzard. Still don't have the hang of typing on this here phone

Posted by: teej at April 04, 2012 04:15 PM (MYQ7K)

225 71
I remembera nature program I once watched that purported to prove that
whales evolved from bats. The bats, discontented with flying around over
land, went back to the sea. Pretty amazing case of natural selection
there.
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You must have got yourself outside a bottle of Sneaky Pete before you watched the program, if you remember that.

Whales and bats are an example of convergent evolution, where unrelated species evolve similar structures and behaviors in different environments.

In this case, it's organs for echolocation.




Posted by: Jim Sonweed at April 04, 2012 04:23 PM (SV4OI)

226 Sic Semper Tyrannosaurus

Posted by: LGoPs at April 04, 2012 04:33 PM (+Uv5V)

227 You can read about changing views of whale evolution here:



http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/gould_leviathan.html

Those stupid scientists! They thought they knew something, then
found they were wrong!! The fucking nerve of them!!

It's a Laff
Riot!!!

/snark

Posted by: Jim Sonweed at April 04, 2012 04:33 PM (SV4OI)

228 I look good in feathers.

Posted by: Barack the Tyrant Lizard Person at April 04, 2012 05:01 PM (QYPpC)

229 For all they know it died on a pile of feathers.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 04, 2012 05:03 PM (r4wIV)

230 I love you, you love me...

Posted by: Barney the Yutyrannis Huali at April 04, 2012 05:10 PM (QYPpC)

231 Yutyrannis Huali and the Technicolor Dreamy Coat

Posted by: Ghey/Lesbian Thesbian Dinosaurs at April 04, 2012 05:13 PM (QYPpC)

232
When will they find the T-Rex with the nuclear rocket launchers that caused
the nuclear winter that killed off all the dinosaurs?

Posted by: T-Rexii For Nuclear Proliferation at April 04, 2012 05:19 PM (QYPpC)

233 Why are scientists suddenly polluting the two millenia old traditionof Latin as the language of science with freaking Chinese?

Had to be asked.

Posted by: CoolCzech at April 04, 2012 07:15 PM (niZvt)

234 233
Why are scientists suddenly polluting the two millenia old traditionof Latin as the language of science with freaking Chinese?
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Not "suddenly". Nothing new or unusual about mixing Latin/Greek with other languages when naming organisms. Happens all the time. First example that comes to mind is:

Douglas fir = pseudo-tsuga douglasii.

tsuga is the Japanese word for "hemlock"

(the Greek "pseudo" indicates that it's not really a hemlock)

Douglas was a Scottish botanist who introduced the (No. American) tree to Scotalnd.

I could site others. But what for?

Yet...it had to be answered.




Posted by: Barky at April 04, 2012 09:31 PM (SV4OI)

235 Birds are dinosaurs.

Posted by: eman at April 04, 2012 10:00 PM (SkRNT)

236
Can you imagine having to pluck the feathers out of a T-Rex before you cooked him! I am glad that they evolved downward into chickens.

Posted by: And Irresolute at April 04, 2012 11:57 PM (RC3M9)






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