Feathered Dinosaurs: How do we know?
For a long time feathered dinosaurs just looked weird to me. Seeing fuzzy Deinonychus or some other dromeosaur with a splash of plumage never looked quite right and I didn’t understand why in the course of a few years predatory dinosaurs went from being scaly to being covered in down. Most of the books I had seen didn’t explain it beyond “These dinosaurs were closely related to birds,” something I didn’t dispute but was not enough to make me feel comfortable with feathered raptors. Even after I started taking a greater interest in paleontology I still had problems with reconstructions of feathered dromeosaurs when no specimens with feathers had yet been found. As I learned more, however, I came around