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
, 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
(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.