Perhaps no other dinosaur has a place in our imagination like that of Tyrannosaurus rex, the largest and most impressive of the tyrannosaur family. Since its first discovery over one hundred years ago, many partial skeletons have been discovered, but never one in its entirety. Yet from these remains it is possible to recreate this most terrible of lizards.
Tyrannosaurus rex is now understood to be more closely related to birds than lizards, and old ways of thinking about theropod dinosaurs as sluggish reptiles have been revised with the discovery of feathers recorded in several predatory dinosaur fossils, including early tyrannosauroids and a furcula or wishbone; an osteological adaptation previously thought to be a feature unique to birds . However, in the process of depicting Tyrannosaurus rex in life it is important to note that feathers, whilst used primarily for flying and display in modern birds, most certainly developed in early non-avian theropod dinosaurs as an insulating structure; a simple filament and not the complex feathers we see today. It must also be considered that an animal as large as an adult Tyrannosaurus rex maintained a warm body temperature due to size and was in little danger of heat loss and like some large mammals today may not have required an dense insulating a coat of any kind.
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