While episode 4 of Primeval is about future beetles (so there is little for me to talk about), episode 3 included a Dromeosaur. Or was it? The model from an earlier episode had feathers, but this one they seemed to think: “Screw science, we’ve made so many mess ups we might as well go the whole hog”.

De-evolution of “Raptors”from Series 2- Series 5

Picture by Emily Willoughby http://emilywilloughby.com/

But even the feathered “raptors” were badly done, as this picture by Emily Willoughby  shows:

Need I say more?!?!

Yes, because some morons are showing OVIRAPTORIDS without feathers too! Oh yeah, we haven’t found a feathered Oviraptor so it OBVIOUSLY didn’t have feathers (note the sarcasm in italics), even though we have found its close cousins with them. The same goes to  Therizinosaurs and all other Maniraptorans, plus most baby Tetanurans (enter Sciurumimus) and Tyrannosaurs (Yutyrannus, Guanlong, Dilong).


Picture above by Chris Masna of Rob Bakker, one of the first people to theorise that a Dromaeosaurs had feathers.

What annoys me is that there are many talented Paleo-artists and Amateur Palaeontologists and yet most “documentaries” and films use a slightly modified Jurassic park Raptor with some feathers glued on. To all documentary makers: Follow these rules: http://tomozaurus.deviantart.com/art/Common-errors-for-Velociraptor-178827028

Finally, I leave you with another of Chris’ work:

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6 Responses to DINOSAURS HAVE FEATHERS! Get over it!

  1. Lord of the Allosaurs says:

    Hey, Edaph, it’s LOTA. I agree 100% with this post. Some of these films are horribly innacurate. Also, that last picture made me laugh. Keep up the good work.

  2. Someone says:

    I really do hate when people deny scientifically proven things to me it’s like asking someone what color is the sky and them saying green when you can go out and find out the real answer, I’m also gonna throw this out is in the book Jurassic Park (the movie was based off the book incase anyone reads this and doesn’t know) if you bothered to read the acknowledgments he say’s (not exactly) “This book is entirely fiction any factual errors are my own” and who trust a movie or T.V show anyway (unless there there actually about dinosaurs)?

  3. Benjamin Bonebrake says:

    Excellent article, however the title should be “Dinosaurs HAVE Feathers”, since there are currently about 10,000 extant species in the Paraves branch of the Maniraptor group, which are more commonly known as “Birds” 😉

  4. Casey Harbison says:

    “Dinosaurs had feathers” is accurate in the same sense that “insects have wings” is.
    Many species absolutely had feathers, including dromeosaurs. But including a feathered sauropod in that image? *Really*?

  5. Maria says:

    I agree, Most theropod dinosaurs had and have feathers, I should now, I might be a utharaptor-microraptor mix, Because you neveer now……….. I’m very sereius about this……….

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