Dinoskin

This article reports on the fascinating recent discovery of a dinosaur fossil with preserved soft tissue sufficient to demonstrate the structure of dinosaur skin.  The  finding gives experts a bit more information about how dinosaurs really looked.   This kind of story reflects the wonderful inquisitiveness of scientists.  We obviously don’t need to know exactly how dinosaurs looked, but it sure would be interesting to discover more data about that topic. 

I confess to being a bit sorry that, as the article indicates, the skin structure evidence cuts against the recent theory that dinosaurs had feathers.  My mental image of feathered dinosaurs had been the “Tyrannasaurus Rex chasing the jeep” scene from Jurassic Park — except that that terrifying T Rex was festooned with brightly colored feathers, like some ancient Aztec chieftain.

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