T Rex was scaly, not feathery, claims study

The dreaded Tyrannosaurus Rex most likely had scaly skin despite its ancestors having feathers, scientists said today, restoring its image of a giant carnivore covered in hard armour-like skin. It was after analysing fossil evidence which suggested T Rex had scales like modern reptiles

By: PTI | London | Updated: June 7, 2017 3:43 pm
Tyrannosaurus rex, hard armour like skin, Wyrex T Rex, skin impression investigation,  late Cretaceous period , large bodied forms The team investigated skin impressions from a T rex skeleton known as Wyrex, unearthed in Montana in the US. (Source: University of New England)

The dreaded Tyrannosaurus rex most likely had scaly skin despite its ancestors having feathers, scientists said today, restoring its image of a giant carnivore covered in hard armour-like skin. Recent studies have found evidence for feathers in ancestors of T rex, and suggested that the giant predator may itself have sported bird-like plumage rather than reptilian scales.

Now, researchers, including those from University of New England in Australia, have analysed fossil evidence that suggests T rex had scales much like modern reptiles rather than feathers or fluff. The team investigated skin impressions from a T rex skeleton known as Wyrex, unearthed in Montana in the US.

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They also looked at its relatives that roamed during the late Cretaceous period (which extended from 99 million to 65.5 million years ago) in Asia and other parts of North America, including Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus, ‘BBC News’ reported. Skin patches from the neck, pelvis and tail of Wyrex show scaly, reptilian-like skin, said researchers led be Phil Bell from University of New England.

The fossil integument (outer covering) from T rex and other members of the group confirm that “these large-bodied forms possessed scaly reptilian-like skin, researchers said.The team suggests that the giant tyrannosaurs lost their feathers over time because they no longer needed them as insulation. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters.

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    Ronan Ward
    Jun 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    For any JP fan who is currently cheering inside at getting your scaly movie monster back, watch this video. s: /watch?v CxE68c9rYa0 If you still believe in the fully scaled rex from JP then I'll just give up on trying to show you otherwise.
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      Ronan Ward
      Jun 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm
      s: /watch?v CxE68c9rYa0 I apologise for the incomplete link above, this site didn't let me paste it in entirety. Here is the complete one ^
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        Ronan Ward
        Jun 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm
        And there it goes again, blocking the link. If you want to see the video search: The Reality of the New T.rex Scale Impression. It is by TREY the Explainer.