September 2007

Velociraptors were those aggressive, smart, hunting dinosaurs at the end of the first Jurassic Park movie. Spielberg got two things wrong – they were nowhere near as big as in the film (dramatic licence) and it now appears they may have had feathers on their fore-limbs. Or at least, there are bumps on their bones that the authors of this study identify as feather quill knobs, due to their homology with those seen on birds.

BBC summary; original Science article (I was able to access this from outside Uni).


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