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My Beautiful Brontosaurus: Paleontologists are reinventing dinosaurs like Triceratops. - Slate Magazine


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Dinosaurs make my mornings.

Dinosaurs had FEATHERS?!

Most wonderful of all: One lineage of dinosaur is still with us in feathery, avian form!

Dinosaurs are not strange beings dredged from the badlands and left to collect dust in museum displays. Every single skeleton and even bony scrap contains tales of survival, evolution, and extinction, and researchers were pioneering new ways of drawing secrets from those bones. And somehow, no one was talking about this trend, which paleontologist Thomas Holtz Jr. calls the “Dinosaur Enlightenment.” I saw my chance to be an ambassador for the bizarre, enfluffled ranks of new dinosaurs.

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