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Date
08/01/2014
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Illustration
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1000 x 878 px
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animal
dinosaur
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So this is Kulindadromeus zaibaikalicus, the recently discovered ornithischian dinosaur from Jurassic Siberia that allegedly had feathers. If you've seen the spate of articles claiming that all dinosaurs had feathers, they're basing their conclusions off this find.

Yellow journalism aside, if you actually examine the fossil evidence for these animals, their "feathers" appear to have a fundamentally different, and more unique, structure from those in theropods. They're more like plate-shaped scales with bristly projections shooting off them. Nonetheless, it is still a fascinating revelation and one wonders just what kind of function it may have served. Given that it was found way up in Siberia, I would have guessed the dinosaur might have evolved these bristles to protect against winters which would have been cooler than elsewhere in the Jurassic world.

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DoomroarDoomroar

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I can see how some dinosaurs may perfectly be feathered, mostly the bipedal ones, but really these guys go shamelessly saying that ALL of them!? are you going to go and ruin my triceratops and stegosaurus too now!? there must be something wrong in those news, no matter how i read it it makes no sense to me... can't a guy have his childhood surviving beyond 20 years!? is that asking for too fucking damn much world!?

Anyway great drawing man, congrats.


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WahyaRangerWahyaRanger

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Personally, I think their primitive feathers were just really for heat insulation. They say dinosaurs were only "semi-warm" blooded and that they could only maintain such a body temperature by themselves. As the world cooled on average, they needed to stay warm, and the primitive feathers started to become prevalent in natural selection. All pseudo-intelligence aside, nice piece, never has a blood-thirsty carnivore looked so cute and inviting.


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BrandonP responds:

Actually Kulindadromeus is believed to have been herbivorous, like most ornithischians. But thanks!