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Flesh wound reveals dino secrets

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posted on Jan, 9 2008 @ 08:33 PM
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Flesh wound reveals dino secrets


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A fossil unearthed in China has given scientists a rare glimpse of what dinosaurs were like in the flesh.

The plant-eating Psittacosaurus had a thick layer of shark-like skin hidden under scales or feathers.

Palaeontologists believe this tough outer coating supported the dinosaur's organs and protected it from predators.

Tooth marks suggest the dinosaur was torn open by a scavenger, giving a unique insight into their biology, 100 million years after this one's death.

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posted on Jan, 9 2008 @ 08:33 PM
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This gazelle sized "parrotlizzard" had tough, scaly skin with more than 25 layers of collagen - similar to that of today's sharks, reptiles and dolphins. The unique condition of fossilization in this China site preserved the specimen so the layers of skin could be seen. I thought it interesting that they didn't know whether the outer layer was scales or feathers. Apparently there is still controversy about this! Funny I can't picture dinosaurs covered in feathers!


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posted on Jan, 9 2008 @ 08:58 PM
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Why can't you? They teach at Texas A&M that dinosaurs didn't become extinct they became birds, branches directly into birds not really much of a subspecies.

or atleast thats view of the day.



posted on Jan, 9 2008 @ 10:25 PM
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Why can't you?
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Hi Lysergic, You're right, dinos were supposed to be the pre birds, predecessors, earlier in the evolutionary scale. But I work quite a lot with birds and feathers don't seem like much protection for a dino sized brute. Good for insulation, light weight, flying, swimming, shedding water but not for protection IMHO. But maybe back in those days you couldn't tell the difference by looking between an early feather and a scale!



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