Feathered Dinosaurs fact or fiction

“Can you imagine dinosaur performing bird dances to impress the ​female dinosaurs? That would be hilarious.”

Many dinosaurs are known to have had feathers or feather-like structures. The most well-known examples are the Coelurosaurs, a group of small to medium-sized, bird-like dinosaurs that includes well-known species such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor and Oviraptor.

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Fossil evidence shows that some Coelurosaurs had feathers on their arms and legs, and possibly on their tails as well. These feathers may have been used for insulation, courtship displays, or for flight in some cases.

Other groups of dinosaurs that are known to have had feathers include the Theropods, a group of carnivorous dinosaurs that includes Coelurosaurs, and the Ornithischians, a group of herbivorous dinosaurs that includes species such as Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

It is important to note that not all dinosaurs had feathers, and the presence of feathers in dinosaurs is still a subject of ongoing research and debate among palaeontologists.

Pyroraptor

In the latest instalment of Jurassic World Dominion movie, the Pyroraptor and the nightmarish Therizinosaurus were displayed with feathers. However, it is currently unclear whether Pyroraptor and the Therizinosaurus had feathers or not since there is no direct fossil evidence for the presence of feathers. 

Some palaeontologists suggested that the Pyroraptor and the Therizinosaurus may have had feathers, based on the fact that they are from the theropod family and many other theropods had feathers. Unfortunately, this is purely speculation as there is no conclusive evidence one way or the other.

Why

As with the modern feathered animals, there are a number of reasons why some dinosaurs might have had feathers:

  • The feathers may have been used for insulation to help the dinosaurs stay warm
  • To camouflage the dinosaur in its environment and provide protection from predators
  • To or for courtship displays to attract mates.
  • For flying. Some dinosaurs might have used them to fly short, or medium distances like the like Microraptor and Anchiornis which used their feathered limbs to glide.
  • To act as an attraction to other dinosaurs in their courtship rituals.