Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss theories about dinosaur feathers. Which ones had them, what sorts of feathers were they and where were they found on their bodies?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the development of theories about dinosaur feathers, following discoveries of fossils which show evidence of feathers. All dinosaurs were originally thought to be related to lizards - the word 'dinosaur' was created from the Greek for 'terrible lizard' - but that now appears false. In the last century, discoveries of fossils with feathers established that at least some dinosaurs were feathered and that some of those survived the great extinctions and evolved into the birds we see today. There are still many outstanding areas for study, such as what sorts of feathers they were, where on the body they were found, what their purpose was and which dinosaurs had them.
Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol
Reader and Chancellor's Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Edinburgh
Senior Lecturer in Geology at University College, Cork
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour by Maria E. McNamara, Derek E. G. Briggs, Patrick J. Orr, Daniel J. Field, Zhengrong Wang (Biology Letters, 2013)
Michael Benton, Vertebrate Palaeontology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
Stephen L. Brusatte, Dinosaur Paleobiology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
David E. Fastovsky and David B. Weishampel, Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
John Long, Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Darren Naish and Paul Barrett, Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved (The Natural History Museum, 2016)
Mark A. Norrell, Unearthing the Dragon: The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery (Pi Press, 2005)
John Pickrell, Flying Dinosaurs: How Fearsome Reptiles Became Birds (Columbia University Press, 2017)
|Interviewed Guest||Michael Benton|
|Interviewed Guest||Steve Brusatte|
|Interviewed Guest||Maria McNamara|