Stunning feathered dinosaur fossil

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39 Responses to “Stunning feathered dinosaur fossil”

  1. DocPop says:

    Birds are little dinosaurs. 

  2. wildemar says:

    Well, Jurassic Park can now hardly be called accurate anymore. Time for a Special Edition and get it fixed!

  3. sarahnocal says:

    Hmm makes me wonder what other completely accepted scientific theories might be wrong?
    Science is not always right!!!! Theories evolve too!

    • B E Pratt says:

       Science never, EVER, claims to be right. Just merely the best guess we’ve got now based on the evidence.

      • sarahnocal says:

        I agree, I know this about science. I am being facetious here.

        Therefore, the debate can never be over. Right?

        • Nick Altman says:

          What makes you think dinosaurs not having feathers was ever a “completely accepted scientific theory”. We’ve been finding feathers on dinosaurs for 30 years now, and it’s always been debated what they looked like. 

    • toyg says:

      Yeah, science has this bad habit of formulating theories based on facts, and then re-formulate them when more facts emerge. Total bunch of flip-floppers, dem scientists.

      The religious view is undoubtedly superior and more consistent: take a random book, then assume everything in it is literally true, discarding all “facts”. Should new “facts” emerge, who cares?

      • sarahnocal says:

        Therefore the debate can never be over. Right?

      • Marja Erwin says:

        That’s not the religious view. That’s close to the religious fundamentalist view, except that they ignore the parts they don’t like and/or come up with metaphorical interpretations of the parts they don’t like.

        A lot of [self-described] Christian fundamentalists insist that everyone should be hetero, everyone should marry, and everyone who can bear children should have as many children as possible. A lot of [self-described] Christian fundamentalists also assert that everyone is either male or female and this always accords with the doctor’s guess at birth. They must need paradox-absorbing crumple zones if they ever read Matthew. or any of the gospels. or Acts.

        • toyg says:

          Yeah, I know, there are good religious people (I married one, for my sins) like there are bad religious people. I was just trolling the little troll.

        • JonS says:

          “paradox-absorbing crumple zones”

          I <3 this turn of phrase

    • DavidLuce says:

      That’s the beauty of science!!

    • wilmcdaniel says:

      Don’t tell that to my board of education here in Kansas.

    • martykayzee says:

       Science is never “right.”  It is always suspect.  No one “believes” in science or had “faith” in it’s study.  A theory is the best available explanation for a set of related facts.  If you submit better facts, you may change the peer consensus.

      ps – The are no exclamation points in science.

  4. B E Pratt says:

    That picture is so amazing, it doesn’t even look real…..

    • Nick Altman says:

      Probably because people cut the fossils from the rock and spend thousands of hours picking away at the rock to reveal the fossil inside. You see beveled edges around the bones because they were careful to make it look good. 

  5. Mister44 says:

    Is there a better close up of the bushy tail?

  6. thehookandeye says:

    The facial features/structure – the eye in particular – are especially breathtaking. What an image.

  7. mrsoreto says:

    I knew there had to be a reason Big Bird scared the shit out of me as a kid.. it’s a fucking T-Rex!

  8. Graham Fawcett says:

    That’s gorgeous! I’d love a high-quality wallpaper version, but I can’t find one on the NG story…

  9. TimRowledge says:

    That’s not a dinosaur, that’s a puppy!

    • Marja Erwin says:

      No, you can tell from checking the teeth, the temporal fenestrae, the antorbital fenestra, the sclerotic ring, the hips, the ankle joints, and counting the fingers and toes. Also from the feathers, which are so far uniquely dinosaurian. [/pedantic]

  10. timquinn says:

    Hello? Pixels! tiny solid sandstone pixels.

  11. Vivian Brown says:

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/paleontologists-weve-been-looking-at-dinosaurs-ups,7100/ Paleontologists: ‘We’ve Been Looking At Dinosaurs Upside Down’

  12. darkjayson says:

    I’m not sure that you can fit one image of dinosaurs after all they where around for a few hundred million years who says that in all that time they only looked one way,  I think they might have existed in lots of different forms over time from the ones we imagine to the feathered ones as well.

  13. benher says:

    Running from giant chickens seems somehow less romantic than giant lizards… Just how close are reptiles and birds on the tree of life anyway?

  14. sql_yoda says:

    I can’t wait until we discover dinosaur fossils with the remnants of laser beams on their heads. 

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