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Siberian team finds evidence that most dinosaurs had feathers

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 25, 2014 in Science
According to a paper published by Russian researchers, our understanding of dinosaur tissues is wrong. Feathers may have possibly been a part of many body structures during that era.
Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus is the name for the newly-found fossil. According to the report, many theropods that we previously thought just had skin or scales may have had feathers as well. Team members mention that a common ancestor to "all dinosaurs" had feathers and there is a strong possibility that each of their descendants did as well.
Our knowledge of dinosaurs changes all the time. Siberian researchers now claim that all dinosaurs probably had some sort of feathers. If true this would completely change how we classify many of these beings. Our knowledge of how the ancient world worked would be shaken as well.
Some of you are probably wondering how they reached this conclusion. They noticed that this dinosaur belongs to the "ornithischian" group and they believe that this group had a common ancestor with many others. Barring a major change in body structure from group to group this would mean they share the feather structure. With such a bold claim it is very likely that other teams will want to check their work over time.
Major changes in our understanding of the fossil record happen all the time. For example the Brontosaurus taught about in some schools never existed. Between some writings over a competition and a lot of promotion this creature was real in the minds of many and still shows up in certain museums as well as books.
Scientists are trying to figure out what purpose the feathers served. Since most of these creatures clearly did not fly they must have had some other purpose. Some believe that they may have served a purpose in warning predators or mating as with our modern peacock.
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