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'Fluffy and feathery' dinosaurs were widespread

#1  Postby DougC » Jul 26, 2014 12:59 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28407381
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All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study suggests.
The discovery of 150-million-year-old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
The find "has completely changed our vision of dinosaurs", the lead researcher told BBC News.
The details have been published in the journal Science.
The creature, called Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, was about 1m long, with a short snout, long hind legs, short arms, and five strong fingers.
Its teeth show clear adaptations for chewing plants.
Until now, fossilised evidence of feathery dinosaurs has come from China and from a meat eating group called theropods.

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Re: 'Fluffy and feathery' dinosaurs were widespread

#2  Postby lpetrich » Jul 29, 2014 1:18 am

Here's a somewhat simplified phylogeny of dinosaurs:
  • Saurischia ("lizard hipped")
    • Theropoda -- tyrannosaurs, birdlike dinosaurs, birds themselves
    • Sauropoda -- the giant ones with long necks
  • Ornithischia ("bird hipped")
    • Thyreophora
      • Stegosauria
      • Ankylosauria
    • Neornithischia
      • Kulindadromeus
      • Ornithopoda, including duckbilled ones
      • Marginocephalia, including Ceratopsia, the ones with horns and neck frills
Kulindadromeus is a basal neornithischian, and featherlike structures have also been found in some other ornithischians. That raises a big question about the evolution of feathers featherlike structures. Most dinosaurs found to be feathered have been theropods, but this new one is rather distant from the theropods. So did some ancestral dinosaur have feathers? Or did dinosaurs evolve feathers more than once?
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#3  Postby theropod » Jul 29, 2014 6:36 pm

Since the very earliest dinosaurs found to date were theropods it seems that it's likely feathers are a basal trait of all dinosaurs. These feathers may not be expressed in all the branches/clades, but the traits seem to be deeply rooted in the progenitors.

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#4  Postby The_Piper » Jul 29, 2014 8:39 pm

Buddy the Dinochuck? :tongue:
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#5  Postby DougC » Jul 30, 2014 12:31 am

The original tag line was going to be, Piper's cuteness Theropod's. But that might have pissed you both off. (And raised some legal issues.) :mrgreen:
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#6  Postby theropod » Jul 30, 2014 12:35 am

Wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest.

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#7  Postby The_Piper » Jul 30, 2014 12:50 pm

:lol:
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Re: 'Fluffy and feathery' dinosaurs were widespread

#8  Postby Deremensis » Jul 30, 2014 1:10 pm

So does this mean we get remakes of the Jurassic Park movies, this time with feathered dinosaurs?

Meh. I'd pay to see it.
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#9  Postby Ironclad » Dec 04, 2017 12:55 pm

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#10  Postby felltoearth » Dec 04, 2017 2:34 pm

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#11  Postby The_Piper » Dec 04, 2017 3:10 pm

felltoearth wrote:*in bed reading YouTube comments. Reads comment. Looks at duvet. *

Duvet, what are you, Quebecios? Quebeckian?
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#12  Postby Ironclad » Dec 04, 2017 8:10 pm

I'd pay real money to see someone pluck a flying bird
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#13  Postby felltoearth » Dec 05, 2017 4:45 am

The_Piper wrote:
felltoearth wrote:*in bed reading YouTube comments. Reads comment. Looks at duvet. *

Duvet, what are you, Quebecios? Quebeckian?

What do you call it?

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?query=Duvet
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#14  Postby The_Piper » Dec 05, 2017 5:04 am

felltoearth wrote:
The_Piper wrote:
felltoearth wrote:*in bed reading YouTube comments. Reads comment. Looks at duvet. *

Duvet, what are you, Quebecios? Quebeckian?

What do you call it?

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?query=Duvet

I'd call it a blanket or comforter. I'd never heard of a duvet before. Also, I've never been to an Ikea store. I've never seen an Ikea store. :lol:
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#15  Postby NineBerry » Dec 05, 2017 10:35 am

Duvets can fly. Because they have feathers. It is a fact. Those flying carpets in the 1001 tales, it was actually duvets.
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#16  Postby Ironclad » Dec 05, 2017 7:44 pm

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#17  Postby felltoearth » Dec 06, 2017 4:27 am

The_Piper wrote:
felltoearth wrote:
The_Piper wrote:
felltoearth wrote:*in bed reading YouTube comments. Reads comment. Looks at duvet. *

Duvet, what are you, Quebecios? Quebeckian?

What do you call it?

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?query=Duvet

I'd call it a blanket or comforter. I'd never heard of a duvet before. Also, I've never been to an Ikea store. I've never seen an Ikea store. :lol:

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#18  Postby felltoearth » Dec 06, 2017 4:27 am

NineBerry wrote:Duvets can fly. Because they have feathers. It is a fact. Those flying carpets in the 1001 tales, it was actually duvets.

Duvets can fly however comforters can't.
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#19  Postby Cito di Pense » Dec 06, 2017 6:18 am

felltoearth wrote:
NineBerry wrote:Duvets can fly. Because they have feathers. It is a fact. Those flying carpets in the 1001 tales, it was actually duvets.

Duvets can fly however comforters can't.


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#20  Postby NineBerry » Dec 06, 2017 10:01 am

Cito di Pense wrote:
felltoearth wrote:
NineBerry wrote:Duvets can fly. Because they have feathers. It is a fact. Those flying carpets in the 1001 tales, it was actually duvets.

Duvets can fly however comforters can't.


Jeebus is also known as The Comforter. He flew up to hebben.


On a dinosaur!!!
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