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Where can you find dinosaur costumes with feathers?




(WHTM) – For decades it was the accepted wisdom – all the dinosaurs roamed around Buck Nekkid.

Artists’ conceptions, movies, illustrations in scientific papers, in fact just about everywhere you looked, dinosaurs were depicted with smooth skin, or skins with some texture, usually reptile scales.

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There was this annoying exception, all feathered Archeopteryxdiscovered in 1860. But it was considered a kind of proto-bird, already remote from the ancestors of the dinosaurs.

But as more and more dinosaur fossils have been unearthed, so have more and more dinosaur feathers. By the end of the 20th century, it was becoming clear to paleontologists that feathered dinosaurs were a thing. Then in 2015, the question of the feather was definitively settled, with the discovery in China of Zhenyuanlonga close relative of Velociraptor, the popular murder chicken from the movies “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World”. The fossil, kept in a calm lake bed, had all of its feathers preserved. As paleontologist Stephen Brusatte put it in an article for The Conversation, “Far from being a scaly-skinned reptilian monster, Velociraptor would have been a fluffy, feathered poodle from hell.

Lo and behold, 2022’s “Jurassic World Dominion” had (drum roll, please) a feathered dinosaur.

So now the feathered dinosaur has officially made its way into the popular imagination. And a few days before Halloween, you might be wondering if it’s possible to get a dinosaur costume with feathers?

Well, the answer is yes, but the price is going to bite harder than Blue the Velociraptor. An online search for “dinosaur costumes with feathers” brings up many high-end dinosaur manufacturing companies, which produce the kind of super realistic walking dinosaur outfits that walk around at dinosaur shows, special events , fairs, etc. Many of them now have feathers as part of their details and they cost thousands of dollars. (Given the work and the materials that compose them, the prices are finally quite reasonable, but…)

If you’re looking for something for your kid, in the sub-hundred dollar range, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. None of the children’s costumes I’ve found on the web have feathers or even feather designs. If there’s a pattern on the costume, it’s reptilian scales.

Most of these costumes, of course, were designed and made before Halloween, and likely before “Jurassic World Dominion” was released in June. I suspect that next year cheap feathered dinosaur costumes will be more widely available. In the meantime, if you’re a bit of a do-it-yourselfer, you can try gluing, tying, gluing, or sewing faux feathers onto your dinosaur costume.

Sticking sewing needles into an inflatable T-Rex costume is strongly discouraged.

Friends dressed as dinosaurs pull the luggage of Jonathan Romero, left, after he arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport Monday, June 27, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Here are some links to the premium costumes:

For the Conversation article on feathered dinosaurs, click here.