tuttle wrote: MacGuru wrote: Ethell wrote: infidel wrote:
More "feathered dinosaur" love: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... w-species/
My favorite quote:
Though the team didn't find direct evidence of feathers, the species was so closely related to birds that it was very likely covered in feathers that looked identical to those of modern birds.
A lol and an eye roll! Yes!
So to recap, birds have scales and that's OK, but fossil dinosaurs could not possibly have had feathers except for all the other Theropoda that they found with feathers still attached but we'll disregard these pesky facts.
No. Some dinosaurs may have had feathers, it just doesn't mean they became poultry.
Or let's look at the Hoatzin, who at a young stage of life still has claws on their wings.
QED, Dinosaurs didn't become poultry, they WERE poultry. Big, 40-ton 50-mph poultry. With large teeth and attitude problems.
It's important to note that only members of the order Saurischia are avian candidates to our modern taxa, (these included warm-blooded, highly active members of a family that was dominantly bipedal with digitigrade stances such as Tyrannosaurs, the Ornithomimisauria, and so forth.)
Saurischians are differentiated from members of the Ornithischia, such as Ceratopsians and Sauropods, ie, Brachiasaurs, Triceratops and the like, who as an order were dominantly 4-legged. These didn't survive the Cretaceous wipeout. Birds did. Grab a chicken, look at the scales on the feet, and just think about it a sec.