Originally posted by gort51
Lets hope with more of this information discovered, that the Myth that Dinosaurs were Reptiles, can be put to rest once and for all.
Crocodiles and lizards are not Dinosuars!!.
I guess I may have to make a new thread about this since this one is misconstruing the last 100 years of paleontology by allowing complete
misinformation to be spread.
Theropods were not feather covered creatures, although a few of them did have a little bit of feathers in a few areas of their bodies! This has been
known for years.
Does anyone ever do any research??
I will explain exactly how you guys are wrong AND supply evidence to debunk. It took me all of 5minutes of research to blow this out of the water.
Masiakasaurus is the perfect example of why this is all taken out of context.
Masiakasaurus was a small predatory theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. It was named in 2001 by Scott D. Sampson,
Matthew Carrano, and Catherine A. Forster. Unlike most theropods, the front teeth of Masiakasaurus projected forward instead of straight down. This
unique dentition suggests that Masiakasaurus had a specialized diet, perhaps including fish and other small prey. Other bones of the skeleton indicate
that Masiakasaurus was bipedal, with much shorter forelimbs than hindlimbs. Masiakasaurus had an estimated adult body length of around 2 meters (about
Although this skeleton is from Madagascar and the amber in the OP is from Canada, my point will be shown to stand extraordinarily well regardless.
Unlike the skulls of abelisaurids, which are very deep, the skull of Masiakasaurus is long and low. The lacrimal and postorbital bones
around the eye are textured with bumpy projections. Not including the highly modified jaws and teeth, the skull of Masiakasaurus possesses many
general ceratosaurian characteristics. Overall, its morphology is intermediate between abelisaurids and more basal ceratosaurs.
The neck is relatively narrow in comparison to abelisaurids. While many theropods have s-shaped necks, the back of the neck of Masiakasaurus
is positioned almost horizontally, giving it a slighter curve. Like those of other abelisauroids, the vertebrae are heavily pneumaticized, or
hollowed, and have relatively short neural spines. Pneumaticity is limited to the neck and foremost back vertebrae, however. Pneumatic cavities are
also present in the braincase.
What is an Abelisaurid??
Abelisauridae (meaning "Abel's lizards") is a family (or clade) of ceratosaurian theropod dinosaurs.
Oh it's a ceratosaur AND a theropod? A Transitional dinosaur specimen you say?
What's a ceratosaur Muzzle??
Ceratosaurs are members of a group of theropod dinosaurs defined as all theropods sharing a more recent common ancestry with Ceratosaurus than
Doh! Only Some theropods can be classified as transitional between dinosaurs (lizard-like) ceratosaurs (lizard and bird like) !
By the way, masiakasaurus, the transitional specimen I have presented to you, did have feathers but only in a small area around the top of the head
and on the back of it's neck.
Almost all renditions of it show this. Although not all, but it reflects the understanding that paleontologists have
of dinosaurs these days.
Why the heck can't anyone do any research? It totally destroys this nonfactual and misconstrued claim that all dinosaurs were feather covered and bird
like it's totally not the case.
Please people, just look these things up, that's all I am asking. This information has been known for a very long time, but no one studies it or knows
much about it at all.
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