Feathered dinosaurs

Why Evolution Is True

by Matthew Cobb

There are a few people out there who seem to doubt that many dinosaurs had feathers (I’m looking at you Steven Spielberg) and that birds are just one kind of feathered dinosaur that survived the end-Cretaceous mass extinction around 65 million years ago. To settle the question once and for all, here are some pictures.

Just look at this lovely wryneck, posted by @skokholmisland yesterday (Skokholm is an island off the south-west coast of Wales, less well-known than its neighbour, Skomer – I visited it on a field course when I was at school).

Doesn’t it look all reptilian?

And if you are still a doubter, here’s a fantastic illustration by paleoartist Mark Witton (you can buy copies of Mark Witton’s fantastic art here), of Therizinosaurus as a terrifying giant pigeon:

Here’s a typical illustration of Therizonosaurus, taken from Walking with Dinosaurs. Frankly, once you’ve…

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#SwampMan Swamp Man : #DNAosaur DNAosaur

DNAosaur is my term of art, originaly used in my RPG writing decades ago, describing the soon to be reality but then only fictional process of resurrecting prehistoric animals and plants using modern species as incubators. Because the restored prehistoric species in almost cases are blended with a modern “descendant” they aren’t true dinosaurs or prehistoric species – they are an artificial version of what we THINK or WANT the dinosaur to be.

I created this concept so as to provide a nerdy backstory and needless explanation for why dinosaurs in my fiction might be the way we want them to be rather than their real form, should science ever at some future time have an attack of honesty and portray lost creatures as they really were.

In subsequent decades there has been a backlash against the orthodox false view of restorationism and we have seen some surprising – but accurate – versions of dinosaurs at long last – feathers and fiery breath and all. 🙂