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Interesting New Findings Suggest T-Rex Might Have Been Covered with Feathers

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Was T-Rex actually pink and covered with feathers?

Imagine you’ve just magically defied the historical evolution of modern humans, and you’re now walking through the jungle, back in the age of the dinosaurs. You come to a clearing and you see your favorite — a tyrannosaurus or a triceratops or whatever — and, wait a minute. It’s covered in feathers? Doesn’t exactly fit the terrifying Jurassic Park perception we have, does it?

A new find in Siberia shows evidence of feathers in older, plant-eating dinosaurs, raising the possibility that all dinosaurs had feathers – not just the later ones that scientists think ultimately evolved into birds. That’s key, because meat-eaters and plant-eaters split into two broad groups more than 200 million years ago. For both groups to have feathers means that the feathers may have been present even at the dawn of the dinosaur age. A male T. Rex that was multi-colored like a peacock would presumably have been pretty attractive to females and therefore would have done better reproductively.

No word on if a Jurassic Park: Updated Feather Edition is in production.

[More.](http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-07-25/was-t-rex-actually-pink-and-covered-feathers)

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