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Paleontologists have found ticks grasping a dinosaur feather entombed in cretaceous amber. Those buggers will outlive us. Although not yet published they probably contributed to their extinction https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01550-z
Interesting paper that supports reptilian looking tyrannosaurids From Abstract Recent evidence for feathers in theropods has led to speculations that the largest tyrannosaurids, including Tyrannosaurus rex, were extensively feathered. We describe fossil integument from Tyrannosaurus and other tyrannosaurids (Albertosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Gorgosaurus and Tarbosaurus), confirming that these large-bodied forms possessed scaly, reptilian-like skin. Body size evolution in tyrannosauroids reveals two independent occurrences of gigantism; specifically, the large sizes in Yutyrannus and tyrannosaurids were independently derived. These new findings demonstrate that extensive feather coverings observed in some early tyrannosauroids were lost by the Albian, basal to Tyrannosauridae. This loss is unrelated to palaeoclimate but possibly tied to the evolution of gigantism, although other mechanisms exist. http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/13/6/20170092