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 Sep 21, 2007 - 10:00 AM - by Michael
* Raptors had Feathers

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Interesting scientific news - apparently velociraptor, the dinosaur, had feathers on the back of its arms.

I guess I have to go glue some feather material on my old painted models.

Turner, a graduate student at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and lead author of the study, says Velociraptor appears to have been a smaller creature than in Jurassic Park, but just as nasty.

"It's sort of as if you scaled up a chicken and then gave it really nasty teeth and big claws on its feet," he said.
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"I just happened to feel these couple of bumps along the backside. And it was like, 'Oh, that's very interesting,'" he recalled. "And then I kind of let it pass. And then I was thinking about it more later on, and that's when I took it to the high powered microscopes and realized it has all these other features that you would expect to see if it was a quill knob."

 

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