For some reason, people just don't like seeing dinosaurs covered in feathers. Look, it's not like the animals were tarred and feathered. It's not an evolutionary punishment. Feathers are the most advanced and complex body covering found in any family, much more diverse and extraordinary than mammalian hair or reptilian scales. Apparently, there are people out there who think that feathered dinosaurs are "lame." If anything, feathers make dinosaurs even more awesome. They do not take away from the fierceness of the species they cover; we don't think that our national symbol, the bald eagle, is any less intimidating because it has feathers. Just because a three-meter-long, sharp-toothed, dangerously-clawed
|The classic Jurassic Park "raptor." Clearly not a Velociraptor. Notice the impossibly-positioned wrists and the complete lack of feathers.|
Despite its inaccuracies, Jurassic Park was an inspiration to an entire generation of paleo-enthusiasts and paleontologists alike. Ever since dinosaurs made their debut on the silver screen as living, breathing, active animals, a slew of documentaries have been released, exposing the truth about the past maters of the earth. From top-of-the-line graphics to low-budget stop-motion, dinosaur documentaries have picked up the slack that JP left, in terms of accuracy. Documentaries, magazines, and books have set the record straight, and now, more than ever, these resources are available to dino-fans of all ages.
|An accurate depiction of Velociraptor. Reconstruction by John Conway.|