The discovery of a giant meat-eating dinosaur sporting a downy coat has some scientists reimagining the look of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
With a killer jaw and sharp claws, T. rex has long been depicted in movies and popular culture as having scaly skin. However the discovery of an earlier relative suggests the king of dinosaurs may have had a softer side.
The evidence comes from the unearthing of a new tyrannosaur species in northeastern China that lived 60 million years before T. rex. The fossil record preserved remains of fluffy down, making it the largest feathered dinosaur ever found.
The new tyrannosaur species, Yutyrannus huali, is described in the Journal of Nature. Its name is a blend of Latin and Mandarin, which translates to "beautiful feathered tyrant."
Since T. rex is related to this newfound feathery species, chances are good that T. rex was feathered as well, scientists said. Just don't mistake fuzzy for cuddly. The predatory dinosaur would have been just as menacing. Having feathers "doesn't make it less threatening".