Apr 04 2012

Big fuzzy feathery meat eaters roamed Liaoning, China, 125 million years ago

Most feathered dinos have been small, little meat eating raptors and bird-like flyers and gliders. But these guys are freaking huge:

(NYT) — Although several species of dinosaurs with feathers have already been uncovered in the rich fossil beds of Liaoning Province, the three largely complete 125-million-year-old specimens are by far the largest. The adult was at least 30 feet long and weighed a ton and a half, some 40 times the heft of Beipiaosaurus, the largest previously known feathered dinosaur. The two juveniles were a mere half ton each. The new species was a distant relative of Tyrannosaurus rex …


  1. 1
    Pierce R. Butler

    And no matter what they gobbled down, an hour later they were hungry again.

  2. 2
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    A small feathery dinosaur roamed my shoulder two hours ago, trying (successfully) to drink my root beer.

    I don’t think I’d want one of these beasts, however cool, doing the same.

  3. 3
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    And they’ve found feather on them? Hot damn!

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