Oldest bird-like dinosaur

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23 Responses to “Oldest bird-like dinosaur”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I recently watched a cool Nova episode about this (or possibly a similar) guy. The Four-Winged Dinosaur.

  2. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Daemon,

    No, that sounds too much like “rapture key”, and that’ll only encourage the Cretinists.
    Oops, I meant “Creationists.. I’m sure.

  3. Anonymous says:

    They scientists and the artist who modeled the feathered dinosaur might have saved themselves a lot of trouble by examining the feather-footed chickens alive today. The narrator of the film denies that any other feather-footed animals exist, but he is dead wrong.)
    Check these out and see if the resemblence isn’t striking:
    http://feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Millies/BRKMilleFleur.html

  4. Jason Rizos says:

    Raptor-Turkey would have been a better name.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sweet. It’s awesome. Looks like a dragon. With feathers.

    So more like a chicken. But still sweet.

  6. Marcelo says:

    Wait, where are the intermediates between Archaeopteryx and this? What about the ones between this and a penguin?

    This new fossil is just more evidence against evolution because it creates even more gaps? Oh noes!

    Srsly though, beautiful find.

  7. grimc says:

    I’ve always wondered about artist conceptions of dinosaurs. Generally, how accurate do paleontologists think they are? I mean, how does anybody know that the dino had brown and white feathers? How’d the artist know that the comb was red, and not purple or blue?

  8. Stewart Haddock says:

    Too bad we don’t call dinosaurs ‘Cave Birds’.

  9. Anonymous says:

    @Grimc (#3)

    A lot of dinosaur colors are made up. Brown and green are popular because a lot of modern reptiles are brown or green. Other guesses as to light or dark pigmentation can be made based on heat regulation, but we don’t really know. Recent work has begun to shed some light on at least a small portion of dinosaur feather coloration, however:

    http://www.livescience.com/animals/080708-fossil-color.html

  10. teleny says:

    I think it’s kind of cute. Looks like a dancing American Indian. Can we reverse-breed them pleasepleaseplease?

  11. Jerril says:

    #3: Last I heard, colors are entirely speculative.

    I have fuzzy memories of one bit of skin or feather or something having turned up with enough trace elements in place that they took a stab at guessing what color it might have been, but I don’t know if that was for a dinosaur, something more recent, or if it was just a suggested course of action.

    Lacking some sort of evidence, taking a random guess based on extant birds from similar habitats and then getting creative is about the limits.

  12. tomwood says:

    @Marcelo #3

    Don’t be silly, fossils are just the Lard’s way of testing your faith. He obviously was drinking heavily the day he made this one and slipped it into the ground just for a giggle. Lizards with feathers…what a kidder!

  13. Quezar says:

    That is one heck of a freaky dinosaur. I wouldn’t want to come in contact with it unless I had a bazooka.

  14. grimc says:

    Thanks for the responses, anon and jerril

  15. Anonymous says:

    @#17

    The NOVA episode was about Microraptor, a different (but related) dinosaur.

  16. chrisdodds says:

    A lack of transitional forms are one of key arguments against evolutionary theory. Kirk Cameron has been on the news a lot lately about just this thing. I’d say this is more evidence against his argument. Go science!

  17. Jesse M. says:

    For those who like nice-looking illustrations of feathered dinosaurs, I definitely recommend the book Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds. Beautiful paintings on every page.

  18. Modusoperandi says:

    Oh boy. Yet another thing for ancient housecats to be afraid of.

  19. danlalan says:

    @teleny

    I think it’s kind of cute. Looks like a dancing American Indian.

    Strangely enough, I was dancing with an American Indian just last week…and she looked nothing like this critter.

  20. gATO says:

    Ever wondered why reptiles taste like chicken?

  21. Daemon says:

    @ Jason Rizos

    How about “Rapturkey”?

  22. Fett101 says:

    #12, it doesn’t matter how many transitional fossils are found. Creationists are going to find something wrong with evolution not matter what.

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