>>102770517>according to new finds dinosaurs above certain sizes actually DID have scaly skin
Those certain sizes being in the 30+ foot range in subtropical environments. Dromaeosaurs like Velociraptor had a full range of pennaceous feathers like on modern birds. Like with their hollow bones, what we call "flight feathers" are what allowed flight to evolve rather than vice versa, and were present in a wide range of dinosaurs before any of them managed to get off the ground by flapping their arms. Which, in hindsight, duh.>Elephants don't have fur and they're mammals
Large dinosaurs were likely mesotherms, i.e. somewhere between warm and cold-blooded, meaning they could internally regulate their own temperature but were not tied to a specific temperature like us mammals. Great white sharks are a modern example.>In the Mesozoic era the temperatures were much higher
As a global average. Just like today, it matters more where you are. The Hell Creek formation where dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops are found had a climate similar to the modern American South. So, the bayou, not the savannah
Not that any of this matters in relation to 90s-nostalgia-cash-in movies, but hey, maybe you were interested.