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What is the Deal With Feathering on Tyrannosaurus rex?

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Cloud the Dinosaur King

What is the deal with the feathering on Tyrannosaurus rex? I can't really find anything reliable online, except for Mark Witton's blogpost about the topic, but some renowned paleoartists like Fabrizio de Rossi's recent "All Hail the Queen" artwork. So was T. rex fully scaly, did it have a few bristles on the back of the neck and on the trailing edge of the arms? I think that adults had some bristles while juveniles had much more feathering. What is the current theory?

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Troodon

Check this post out ... but feathers are out...a couple of articles in there one is Wittons.  They are getting closer to what it looked like.

 

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SailingAlongToo
6 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

So all this could make us think that T. rex had protofeathers or dinofuzz as well.

 

He said, "dinofuzz"!!!  :dinothumb: :D

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LordTrilobite

Yes, that's the informal name of protofeathers.

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SailingAlongToo
2 minutes ago, LordTrilobite said:

Yes, that's the informal name of protofeathers.

I know, it just sounds cool!

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oldtimer
1 hour ago, SailingAlongToo said:

 

He said, "dinofuzz"!!!  :dinothumb: :D

 

This is why I love this forum.  We have seriousness and humor together. :hearty-laugh:

And Lord Trilobite thank you for your explanation of what we know about T. Rex.

 

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RyanDye

My advice is to include a slight covering of "dino fuzz", you can use other relatives of Tyrannosaurus to know where to put it. While early consensus had two camps of for feathers on the entire body or no feathers at all, as trilobite said its not so black and white. A nice combo of both camps gives us a more plausible and accurate reconstruction.   

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Cloud the Dinosaur King

Thank to everyone for your help, I was just really curious about the topic, and also I needed the information for some upcoming paleoart. :ptero:

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