Scientists discuss discovery of possibly warm-blooded “feathered” dinosaurs

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The recently discovered fossil of a “feathered” dinosaur in China was about the size of a school bus, the prestigious science journal Nature reports. There are even possibilities that the larger ones may have been warm-blooded. Dubbed as the “little brother” to the Tyrannosaurus rex, the newly-discovered species was named the “Yutyrannus huali”, which, in Mandarin and Latin languages, means “beautiful feathered tyrant.”

Kristi Curry Rogers, a paleontologist from Macalester College, told Steven John of NPR’s All Things Considered on April 6 that it was the largest dinosaur to be found with well-preserved feathers, weighing over 3,000 pounds.