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  • Assuming that they've found real feathers, and not "dino-fuzz," it's worth nothing that, as Alan Feduccia observes, many of these alleged feathered dinos are "replete with features of secondarily flightless" birds, meaning that they are true birds that have lost their ability to fly and are not evolutionary intermediates.

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  • This has raised the question of whether many more of the creatures may have been covered with similar bristles, or "dino-fuzz".

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

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  • Long-lived or no, I just like the sound of it. :-)

    March 20, 2009

  • Though I'm a great admirer of the qroqqadon I don't think the same way. I like dino-fuzz precisely because it's ad-hoc. It's a tentative attempt at defining a new contempt. For me, it's watching language evolution in action that brings much satisfaction. Dino-fuzz strikes me as odd but nonetheless plausible so I'm happy to mark its arrival. Perhaps its stay will be short, who can tell.

    March 20, 2009

  • Well, it's a major news story, and any educated person would be looking at it: from a linguistic point of view it has all these hooks too. I thought the other two words were possibilities, and contemplated noding under both of them, but they both seemed a bit ad-hoc. The genus name Tianyulong I eventually plumped for is permanent, but genus names aren't really English words.

    March 20, 2009

  • Yes, I saw that and giggled today. Well done for putting it up!

    March 20, 2009

  • See also tianyulong and protofeather. Amazing: three Wordies posting separately about the same article/subject. :-)

    March 20, 2009

  • "A discovery in China has prompted researchers to question the scaly image of dinosaurs. Previously, experts thought the first feathered dinosaurs appeared about 150 million years ago, but the find suggests feathers evolved much earlier. This has raised the question of whether many more of the creatures may have been covered with similar bristles, or dino-fuzz."

    - Victoria Gill, Fossil hints at fuzzy dinosaurs, BBC website, 18 March 2009.

    March 19, 2009