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No, this is not a late April Fools' joke. It's real. Some may recognize this as the feathered tyrannosauroid figured back in 2010 in a paper on the ontogeny of Similicaudipteryx. It was described as being "large", and it is. How big was Yutyrannus? About the same size as freaking Gigantoraptor. Or, for even better perspective, the size of Albertosaurus and Gorgosaurus, dwarfing any other known theropod from its environment!

There we go. A large theropod, and a possible tyrannosauroid to boot. Confirmed to have had feathers. More than worth the wait. And remember this? B-) (Probably not; I only had a handful of watchers back then.)

I post most dinosaur news here after the end of each month, but, you see, while the Microraptor feather colors study almost made me do this, this discovery actually made me do it. Several times.
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:iconspongebobfossilpants:
From the linked article:

"It weighed in at 1,400 kilograms (3,100 pounds), and was at least 7 or 8 metres in length. That’s 40 times bigger than Beipiaosaurus, the previous record-holder for largest feathered dinosaur (and another Xu discovery)."

Wasn't Sinocalliopteryx the previous record holder?
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Sinocalliopteryx was long, but Beipiaosaurus was heavier.
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:iconspongebobfossilpants:
Did a writeup for this on Tv Tropes: [link]

(I really need to find time to do writeups for Xiaotingia & Samrukia.)
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Nice.
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:iconspongebobfossilpants:
That I did a writeup, or that I need to do more?
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
That you did the writeup.
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:iconspongebobfossilpants:
And now for your Paul-esque suggestion of the week: any chance this thing's an adult Dilong?
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Highly unlikely; the holotype of Dilong wasn't fully grown, but it was already pretty close.
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:iconspongebobfossilpants:
Isn't that what they said about Raptorex?
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Unlike with Raptorex though no one has questioned the ontogeny of Dilong yet, so it appears to be less ambiguous.
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