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Re: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers ,please!

On Tue, 9 Apr 2013, Dann Pigdon wrote:
On Wed, Apr 10th, 2013 at 9:29 AM, Paul P <turtlecroc@yahoo.com> wrote:

Komodo dragons are scary. Parrots are not. Crocs are scary.
Ostriches are fluffy (even if they can kick hard). Heck, even
a big salamander is kinda scary. Turkeys, while surprisingly
colorful, well, you get the idea.

You clearly haven't met some of the parrots, roosters, ganders, etc that I have. Parrots such as macaws or cockatoos can remove a finger at the joint with relative ease, and what male fowl may lack in damage-causing equipment they more than make up for with sheer aggression and persistence.

And as for ratites not being very scary - try having a argument with a lone cassowary. A group of cassowary-like dromaeosaurs cooperating to bring you down would be an absolute nightmare, and that's before factoring in the additional clawed forelimbs and teeth.

Two words:  phorusrhacids

Feathered dromosaurs would also be scarier due to the 'uncanny valley' effect. They'd be bird-like enough to seem almost familiar, but with just enough differences to be unsettling.