Ask a Paleontologist: What Was Dinosaur Skin Like?
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A video series on amnh.tv delves into the topic of dinosaurs, which arose some 230 million years ago and thrived until large dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago.
Most dinosaur fossils found are bones, like those of the Apatosaurus below.
But, on occasion, researchers unearth skin impressions as well. In a video, Research Associate Lowell Dingus and Mark A. Norell, chair of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, explain what we know about what the skin of extinct dinosaurs might have looked like. Perhaps, says Norell, it resembled the skin of chickens (pictured below) and other birds, which are all living dinosaurs.
Learn more in the video.