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A Speculation on Large Theropod Feathers

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Jul-28-2014 8:24 AM

    We all know that theropods had feathers, and a lot of people dislike the appearance of cute cuddly feathers on the king of the dinosaurs. These feathers were used for display and protection from severe temperatures. Now we don't have any 100% proof that the Tyrannosaurus, Spinosaurus or Carcharodontosaurus didn't have feathers, but Yutyrannus and proceratosaurids did. So did T.rex have feathers or not? I'm thinking.... Both! Now you may be thinking, "WHA?!," but let me tell you that this idea isn't as odd as it may seem. Since a dinosaurs are Neither bird nor reptile, but rather in-between, it is very-likely that because they are from a different class of animals, they have many properties very much unlike birds, reptiles, etc. So I'm thinking that large theropod dinosaurs may shed their feathers and grow them back under certain conditions (mating season, winter, etc.) and would then grow a different type of plumage based on those conditions. So, yeah. Could just said this in one sentence, but... I didn't. So what do you guys think?

12 Responses to A Speculation on Large Theropod Feathers

Lord Vader

Jul-28-2014 8:26 AM

Perhaps a crest on its head. At the most, probably something like the Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus from March of the Dinosaurs. 

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Rex Fan 684

Jul-28-2014 8:27 AM

I beleive in either of these theories as I see them possible...


1. Large tyrannosaurs like T.rex had feathers when they were young, but lost them as they matured.


2. Adult tyrannosaurs had a few feathers as adults for display(on the head, neck, tail, arms, etc.).


Now, exceptions could be made for the northern species like Albertosaurus or Gorgosaurus.


Hope this makes sense.

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Jul-28-2014 8:32 AM

Yeah I agree with rex fan that rex lost most if not all of their feathers as they matured and northen species like Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus had feathers because they needed them.

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Rex Fan 684

Jul-28-2014 8:33 AM

Yay, I have a supporter, haha. 


Don't know why I said that, just did, lol

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Jul-28-2014 8:43 AM

I agree with What rexfan said, but i bealive Spinosauruses didn't have feathers or if they did they where simillar to pinguine fathers

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Jul-28-2014 9:58 AM

I too will jump on the bandwagon and agree with rex fan, but will go a step further and add another possibility:

Possibility 3. They had extremely small feathers as adults, similar to the hairs on rhinos and elephants today.

Here, have a waffle (-'.')-#

Rex Fan 684

Jul-28-2014 1:09 PM

I can agree with that 3rd possibility :)

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Sci-Fi King25

Jul-28-2014 2:20 PM

Silver_Falcon's theory seems highly logical.


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Something Real

Jul-29-2014 5:19 AM

ARICCIO - Hmm, you've presented a very interesting hypothesis! I happen to believe that you're theroy holds a good deal of water; it's a common enough feature in many organisms to shed various dermal features during various times of the season. Of course, I happen to enjoy the the thought of the larger theropods possessing coverings of feathers. The image of such a creature would be both magnificient and terrifying - just look at the Terror Bird known as Titanis! Regardless, this was a very neat topic! Thank you ever so much for presenting this to us! :)


Jul-29-2014 4:59 PM

Well thank you, Something Real, for reading my topic. Thank all of you guys for reading!

UCMP 118742

Jul-30-2014 6:08 AM

I can definitely agree with every theory brought up so far and I can even add another

4: Tyrannosaurs (rex) that lived in Canada and the northern part of the US had more feathers, whilst the southern Tyrannosaurs (rex/australi) had next to no feathers due to the temperature.

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Aug-06-2014 1:00 AM

Not bad.

Youre fat, and I'm not sugarcoating it cause you'd probably eat that too.

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