An exciting new fossil discovery has been recently found. The largest known feathered dinosaur fossil was uncovered in China. What’s more interesting is this fossil seems to be a close relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Here is an excerpt of the article from slate.com with details:
Paleontologists in China have discovered the fossil remains of the largest known feathered animal, alive or extinct. Feathers aren’t a new find in dinosaur hunting, but previously found feathered species were 40 times smaller than the 30-foot long adult found in the Liaoning Province in northeastern China.
Named Yutyrannus huali, a combination of Latin and Mandarin meaning “beautiful feathered tyrant,” the distant relative of T. Rex had feathers that resembled the fuzzy down of modern chicks. The findings also revealed that dinosaurs kept their feathers through adulthood, a fact that sweeps aside a notion that plumage was only for the young and shed as they grew.
With a killer jaw and sharp claws, T. rex has always been shown as having scaly skin in movies and museums. But the discovery of one of its earlier relatives makes scientists think the king of the dinosaurs had a softer side.
The evidence comes from the discovery of a new tyrannosaur species in northeastern China that lived 60 million years before T. rex. Along with the bones, researchers found fluffy down, making it the largest feathered dinosaur ever found.
If a T. rex relative had feathers, why not T. rexhimself?
“People need to start changing their image of T. rex,” said Luis Chiappe, director of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who was not part of the team that discovered the new species.
Much smaller dinosaurs with primitive feathers have been found in recent years, but this is the first direct sign of a huge, shaggy dinosaur. Scientists have long debated whether gigantic dinosaurs lost their feathers as they got bigger or whether they just didn’t have as many feathers.