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Giant feathered dinosaur discovered in China

Posted on Thursday, 5 April, 2012 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The largest feathered dinosaur ever found has been unearthed in Liaoning province, China.

Named Yutyrannus huali meaning 'beautiful feathered tyrant', the new species of dinosaur would have been a bipedal carnivore related to Tyrannosaurus rex that lived in the mid-Cretaceous period. "The feathers of Yutyrannus were simple filaments," said fossil hunter Xu Xing. "They were more like the fuzzy down of a modern baby chick than the stiff plumes of an adult bird." While not as large as a T-Rex, Yutyrannus would have been 40 times heavier than the previously known largest feathered dinosaur.

"It is by far the biggest feathered dinosaur ever to have been unearthed and raises intriguing questions as to why some of these scaly reptiles developed plumage."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by readerlurker on 5 April, 2012, 11:53
Must have had impressive chicken nuggets!
Comment icon #5 Posted by wingyflam on 5 April, 2012, 14:22
would have taken some plucking
Comment icon #6 Posted by wingyflam on 5 April, 2012, 14:24
would have taken some plucking
Comment icon #7 Posted by Taun on 5 April, 2012, 16:03
I realize that scientists have revised the image of some dino's by adding feathers - most notibly the Velocoraptor, and I suppose they are correct... But dang I sure liked them better when they were 'lizardy'...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin on 5 April, 2012, 17:02
I realize that scientists have revised the image of some dino's by adding feathers - most notibly the Velocoraptor, and I suppose they are correct... But dang I sure liked them better when they were 'lizardy'... Next revision will be the addition of long pointed ears, lol.
Comment icon #9 Posted by AbsurdistMe on 6 April, 2012, 0:26
Almost want to pet one... almost.
Comment icon #10 Posted by lightly on 7 April, 2012, 0:50
Feathers = warm blooded? *Soft fuzzy dinosaurs .. this will take some getting used to.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Anne-Marie on 11 April, 2012, 13:34
Tis a shame the article didn't show a photo of the actual findings instead of just an artists impression.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Abramelin on 12 April, 2012, 10:12
Tis a shame the article didn't show a photo of the actual findings instead of just an artists impression. Here they are:
Comment icon #13 Posted by TerryZ on 12 April, 2012, 13:13
Feathers, warm blooded ... how about agile, intelligent and hunting in packs. Recent findings don't make them less fearsome. We are learning more and more about dinosaurs every day. You can see it in the peer-reviewed publications across the net and in the journals. Consider that the human species has been evolving for around a million years. The creatures of the Cretaceous, the last era before the K-T extinction, had a hundred times that long to evolve. There's increasing amounts of fossil as well as extrapolated evidence to confirm not only feathers but also revise our thinking about their i... [More]

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