Thursday, April 05, 2012

Yutyrannus: It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!

Or something like that.  Yesterday, a new feathered dinosaur from China was announced.

Of course, it's been almost twenty years since the first discovery of a feathered dinosaur, but what makes this one exceptional is that it was about 27 feet long and weighed about 1.5 tons, which means it's the biggest thing we know of to ever have had feathers.

And it was an ancestral tyrannosaur.

Above is a pic from the article by paleoartist Brian Choo.

Here's an article from National Geographic.

Xu, X., Wang, K., Zhang, K., Ma, Q., Xing, L., Sullivan, C., Hu, D., Cheng, S., and Wang, S. (2012). "A gigantic feathered dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of China." Nature, 484: 92-95.

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