Tag Archive for feathers

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

Discovered four-winged dinosaur was largest flier of its type at more than quadruple usual weight

This is rather exciting news for feathered dinosaur fans (who could probably use a win lately). A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered, and it is the largest four-winged flier yet known. Changyuraptor, Large Species of Flying Dinosaur, Is Discovered (New York Times): The new species, Changyuraptor, found in northeastern China, was four feet…

The mystery of the tye-dyed pigeons

A few peculiar-looking pigeons were spotted by a photographer. Speculation was that they may be a cross with parrot. But the explanation is likely more human-related. Experts Agree: Parrot-Pigeon “Hybrids” Probably Just Dyed Pigeons: Gothamist. Last weekend some mysterious pigeon-parrot hybrids were spotted in Queens, but experts now tell us these are just your garden…

There are NO dinosaurs in the bible. That’s a big oversight.

Brian Switek has this great commentary piece on how Feathered Dinosaurs Drive Creationists Crazy and that biblical literalists are on a campaign to “take dinosaurs back.” The dinosaurs of our childhood aren’t around anymore. The sluggish, swamp-bound pea-brains that haunted museum halls and trundled through picture books have been eviscerated by agile, hot-blooded, and, often,…