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Researchers Unearth Largest Feathered Dinosaur 58

Posted by samzenpus
from the really-big-bird dept.
sciencehabit writes "Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of the largest feathered creature yet known, a 1.4-metric ton dinosaur that was an early cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex. The long, filament-like feathers preserved with three relatively complete skeletons of the newly described species provide direct evidence of extensively feathered gigantic dinosaurs. The discovery is controversial—and in some scientific circles, largely unexpected."
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Researchers Unearth Largest Feathered Dinosaur

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  • by pnewhook (788591) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @10:33PM (#39580849)

    Feathers exist for the purpose of flying. (snip) If evolution is real, then feathers evolved for flying.

    Ostrich, emu, penguin...

    How do you reconcile that feathers would have come about BEFORE the creature was even close to capable of flying?

    Same reason some modern birds have feathers but cannot fly. Same reason whales and snakes have hip bones.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.