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I love dinosaurs but I know that the technical side doesn't interest a lot of people. Therefore, I'll keep this one short.

Unbeknownst to many lay people, lots and lots of dinosaur fossils have revealed indications that certain dinosaurs had hair-like filaments which were probably the precursors of feathers in both ancient and modern birds. In fact, if Steven Spielberg were to reshoot Jurassic Park, he would be remiss if he didn't put such "dino fuzz" on the giant Velociraptors depicted in the film. Of course, we all know that Velociraptors weren't that big–only Utahraptors were even close to that big among the Dromaeosaurids–and that many of the other dinosaurs were quite flawed, but that's not the point. As it turns out, some genius scientists in China have found fossils of Sinosauropteryx ("Chinese lizard wing" pictured above) that had fossilized elements indicating pigmentation in its feather-like structures.

So, because of this and because science keeps getting more and more sciencey all the time, my guess is that we'll have a decent idea of what some dinosaurs actually looked like in full color in the not-so-distant future. Of course, we'll all know what they look like some day because eventually I'll be the trillionaire mad man that pays every scientist in the world to abandon their altruistic and humanitarian endeavors in order to resurrect actual dinosaurs. Then, when they revolt against their human masters and we're being chased from our homes by the coolest animals ever to walk the planet, we'll be able to get a pretty solid look at all kinds of dinosaurs.

But, until that happens, this is a darn significant find! Good job, Science!; keep it up! [Discovery]

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