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MAKING A FEATHERED DEINONYCHUS SCULPTURE

Back in the 1980s, most scientists regarded Deinonychus as a scaly dinosaur more reptilian in appearance than bird-like. It would take nearly a quarter of a century to realize that a live Deinonychus would have been covered in feathers. This discovery has been a journey for Stephen and Sylvia Czerkas who, as artists, created lifesize models representing what scientists had thought Deinonychus could have looked like. Decades later, Stephen's own research was the first to reveal that smaller ancestors of Deinonychus were not just feathered, but that they had wings and were actually birds which had the ability to fly. Follow along as Stephen and Sylvia transform their scaly dinosaur into a prehistoric flightless bird.


 

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