You’ve never seen a dinosaur, naturally, but you probably have a pretty good idea of what they look like. We’ve seen the same look over and over, across dozens of movies, books and museums: There’s…
Funny that this would break embargo mere minutes after my response to a question about dinofuzz. Definitely strengthens the idea that dinosaurs (and maybe the common ancestor of pterosaurs and dinosaurs) were primitively fuzzy.
Guys, ornithischians are cool again!
On a more serious note, the wide scales on top of the tail remind me a bit of Scleromochlus—does anyone better informed than I know if Scleromochlus is still thought to have transversely wide scutes on its lower back?
Wow, six types of integumentary structure in one animal. Imagine what more we still have to learn about dinosaur integument—heck, Kulindadromeus* is practically an “anything goes” signal for reconstructions of anything except for well-bracketed stuff like hadrosaurids and pennaraptors. Now we just need a couple more basal taxa like coelophysids and silesaurids to be found with feathers and we can be certain.
*finally, I’m sure I’m getting the vowels right
Wow, more compelling evidence for integumentary structures in dinosaurs! We could see a variety of such fuzzes in various ornithschians and maybe also trace it back to dinosauriformes!
I believe that fuzziness is inherent in all of Archosauria. All these dinosaurs with feathers, pterosaur pycnofibers, and crocodilians apparently have the feather gene. As well, there is some evidence for the archosaurian ancestor being warm-blooded, and crocodilians simply re-evolved cold-bloodedness.That is the best theory I’ve ever heard and it’s very plausible! Thank youraptorcivilization, I will now draw all virtually every archosaur with some kind of fuzz.