The Great Debate: Did T-Rex have feathers

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  1. Boom

    Boom I got nothin'

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    With Jurassic World and dinosaur hype running wild this weekend, I pose a question of intense debate amongst paleontologists the last several years.

    Several species of tyrannosauroids have been found with evidence of downy proto-feathers. The largest of these, Yutyrannus, was an ancestor to the T-Rex and was covered from head to toe in downy feathers. It's size was also pretty comparable to smaller T-Rexes, and the climate in which it lived only differed from Rex's by a couple of degrees Celsius.

    So what do you think?
     
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  2. SuperFerret

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    Yeah, probably. Who cares?
     
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    Nothing more terrifying that a twenty foot tall chicken.
     
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    As you indicate T. Rex "relative", Yutyrannus huali, had (fuzz)feathers. So it's definitely possible.

    Until a specimen is found with preserved imprints of feathers, we won't know for sure though.

    My guess, they had some kind of fuzz/feathers and colors.

    FYI- The Dinosaur Thread
     
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    I thought this was a proven fact.

     
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    All Dinosaur's probably looked much different compared to how they look & have been portrayed in tv & movies.
     
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    I was planning a trip back to that time here this weekend with my time machine so I will take a few Instagram photos to settle this debate :o
     
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    Pack an umbrella, there's a chance of Giant Asteroid!
     
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    I would say it is more likely than not that it did.
     
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  15. Boom

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    It poses an interesting question. Yutyrannus was not much smaller than Rex, and was covered from top to bottom in protofeathers. And if the tyrannosauroids continued to sport feathers even as they grew, wouldn't it be an evolutionary step backwards to lose them by the time we came to T Rex?

    But then, my understanding is Yutyrannus lived in a cooler climate, and the question becomes, "Why would a 1,200 pound warm-blooded animal need a body completely covered in feathers to survive in a warmer, borderline tropical climate?". Or was the temperature difference not that much?
     
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    trex not hav fethers cuz its not as cool sry
     
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  17. Kahran Ramsus

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    The famed elephant birds of Madagascar were fully feathered and they could weigh up to about 1,100 pounds.
     
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  18. Black Narcissus

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    Well, they taste better without the feathers that's for sure. Jim Scarborough'd never roasted them on in open fire; that's the younger Jim. Myself, I prefer an old fashion bbq with everything on site, sir. I always liked to hear C.Lee talking about killing them with rocks and Raquel Welch in a bikini. Never missed a chance to do so.
     
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