Tyrannosaurids may have borne anything from a few feathery tufts to decadent coverings of fuzz. The dinosaur’s appearance is open to multiple hypotheses. Scales-only cannot be taken as the default any more than totally-feathery tyrannosaurids can. But given how the story of dinosaur feathers has unfolded, I’d bet on the fuzz.
National Geographic has an interesting article about the case for feathers in Tyrannosaurus.
Read more at Feathers for Tyrannosaurs.
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Birds evolved from dinosaurs, and dinosaur fossils are often covered with impressions of feathers, which made some palaeontologists speculate whether feathers were a common trait that appeared early in their history. Now a team analysing feathers on the overall dinosaur family tree argues this is taking things too far.
Read more at Nature.
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