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RE: coelophysis

Based on our understanding of the theropod family tree and the fossil record
of feathers in non-avialian theropods, it appears that all (or nearly all --
depending on the status of _Juravenator_) coelurosaurs -- those dinosaurs
more closely related to birds than to _Allosaurus_ -- would have possessed

On the other hand, _Carnotaurus_ apparently did not, as tubercular scale
impressions were recovered associated with a _Carnotaurus_ specimen.  Given
the closer relationship between _Coelophysis_ and _Carnotaurus_ as compared
to _Coelophysis_' relationship with coelurosaurs, it appears most likely
that _Coelophysis_ was covered in tubercular scales as opposed to feathers.

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Dino Guy Ralph
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
Dinosaur and Fossil Education
Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology