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Feathered Dinosaurs: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss which dinosaurs were feathered, and their links to birds.

Feathered Dinosaurs: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss which dinosaurs were feathered, and their links to birds.

FromIn Our Time: Science


Feathered Dinosaurs: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss which dinosaurs were feathered, and their links to birds.

FromIn Our Time: Science

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Length:
48 minutes
Released:
Oct 26, 2017
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

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.

With

Mike Benton
Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol

Steve Brusatte
Reader and Chancellor's Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Edinburgh

and

Maria McNamara
Senior Lecturer in Geology at University College, Cork


Producer: Simon Tillotson.
Released:
Oct 26, 2017
Format:
Podcast Episode