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Scientists Reveal What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like And It’s F*cking Weird

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Sorry dinosaur fans, it turns out that the sleek lizard-like predators of the Jurassic Park films are as fictional as the park itself – instead, dinosaurs looked like overgrown chickens.

New research has suggested that dinosaurs were actually covered in brightly coloured feathers, and resembled birds far more than humongous lizards.

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Not only did they look like birds, this latest research also suggests they sounded like pigeons, cooing and mumbling rather than roaring.

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The somewhat disappointing research, published in journal Evolution, was examining how the ancestors of birds – dinosaurs – make their distinctive noises.

And the scientists involved believe that by studying birds they can work out exactly what dinosaurs sounded like.

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Professor Julia Clarke who co-authored the paper said:

To make any kind of sense of what non-avian dinosaurs sounded like, we need to understand how living birds vocalize.

This makes for a very different Jurassic world. Not only were dinosaurs feathered, but they may have had bulging necks and made booming, closed-mouth sounds.’

Kind of ruins Jurassic Park a bit, doesn’t it?

Topics: Animals

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    Dinosaurs actually had fluffy feathers and ‘cooed’ rather than roared

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