If Noah had built a bigger fucking boat, we would still have Dinosaurs. God hates Dinosaurs. Boycott God!!!!!!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was Noah's lumberjack.
*points fucking furiously at Yutyrannus*I'm just going to say that I think the idea that any significantly large theropod had feathers is pretty illogical. Why would a 20 foot tall beast that does not A. Fly or B. Live in a cold climate need feathers? Unless they directly evolved into birds (Which the large carnivores obviously didn't) they probably didn't have feathers or at least grew out of them as they matured. I've yet to see any logical reasoning or convincing evidence that shows that any large carnivores sported feathers when fully grown.
Yutyrannus was likely different because we know it lived in a colder climate (for the time)*points fucking furiously at Yutyrannus*
An Emperor penguin lives in a cold climate. An African penguin does not. They are both penguins and closely related. Does this mean that an African penguin does not have feathers? An arctic wolf lives in a cold climate. A Mexican wolf does not. Does this mean the Mexican wolf does not have fur? No. However, a Mexican wolf's fur and an African penguin's feathers and body composition are adapted to their climate. The climate argument doesn't add up when you look at literally every other animal on the planet. Also, the late Cretaceous in Tyrannosaurus' range was not absolutely sweltering anyways. Subtropical, yes, but relatively mild. Think Florida, or Louisiana.Yutyrannus was likely different because we know it lived in a colder climate (for the time)
We know that later Tyrannosaurids were scaled on most if not all of their bodies because we have found scale impression in places that we know for a fact were feathered on Yutyrannus. I'm not denying that Yutyrannus was feathered. I am denying that all large theropods had feathers.
some of my fav paleoartists on deviantart:It's probably the same spergs who complain about Pluto
I'd like to see some pictures of whats considered accurate dinosaur depiction with feathers. I'm a complete pleb but this thread is p interesting & informative.
some of my fav paleoartists on deviantart:
I think her stuff is pretty accurate http://ewilloughby.deviantart.com/gallery/ if not it's still stunning
also this dude did some of the concept art for Saurian http://arvalis.deviantart.com/gallery/55828060/Dinosaurs
this dude also draws some pretty decent dinosaurs http://hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/gallery/26535146/Paleoart-mainly-Dinosaurs
Scott Hartmann seems to be THE ultimate reconstruction guy, at least I see other people use his work as references a lot, though he usually does bone reconstrutions only http://scotthartman.deviantart.com/gallery/
also nice paleoart http://eurwentala.deviantart.com/gallery/
I'd check out their favs if you want to see more, the dinosaur spergs on dA tend to follow each other
my absolute faves have to be Doug Henderson and John Conway, though I own a book with their art so I don't know if they have some online presence, but you can find some of their work via google
edit: looking through the book again it's hard to pick the best artists, thoug Doug Henderson is def my personal fave. I'd check out the artists from "dinosaur art: the world's greatest paleoart" in general.
Prototaxites > MushroomsIn the hideously underepresented field of paleomycology, the world's oldest mushroom has recently been found. Along with pushing back the gilled mushroom division to at least the early Cretaceous, it's interesting that it's a mineralized mushroom, which has never been found before.
The P-T Great Dying excites me in a Fallout or Apocalypse Now kind of wayNo, I'm certain that it was a dinosaur, something that surprised me based on its appearance. It was an early one too.
I actually find synapsids a lot more interesting than the dinosaurs. It's a bit sad that most people don't care about the paleozoic era at all, and know hardly anything from before the dinosaurs. The paleozoic is way more important in the history of biology than the mesozoic and it's a lot more interesting imo, but content about it is much less accessible and tit isn't represented at all in media, unlike dinosaurs that for whatever reason pervade everyone's conception of ancient animals. Everything between the Cambrian and Permian is so much more diverse than the mesozoic, which only saw 4 significant developments in dinosaurs, birds, mammals somewhat, and flowers. The paleozoic saw so much more.
Is that the dinosaur where they only had the large forearms discovered and could only guess as to what they belonged to?Gonna resurrect this thread and see how it goes. I'm a little excited about this discovery because I have some small personal connections to it and was actually able to be present at the naming conference/reveal for the animal this morning.
Basically this discovery is important because it rewrites a lot of what we know about the history of tyrannosaurs and when they first showed up in North America. The study and recent naming of this dinosaur are 21 years in the making and it is great to finally have the data on this creature presented to the public.
If you've been a paleofag for a long time you may have watched the documentary When Dinosaurs Roamed America as a kid. If you remember seeing the scene with those red, feathered raptor-looking things running away from a forest fire, that was Suskityrannus. At the time however, the thing didn't have a name yet and was thought to be a dromaeosaur due to lack of information.