Scientists in a flap over feathered T-rex

04/5/2012 | DiscoverMagazine.com

Researchers have discovered the remains of a giant dinosaur that was part Tyrannosaurus rex and part Big Bird. The 3,100-pound beast, apparently a forefather of the T-rex, had stubbly plumage like that of a modern emu, making it likely that T-rexes were also covered in feathers rather than scales. "You'll now be able to date any Hollywood film that does not give these brutes their feathery due," says Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago.

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