Sunday, November 30, 2008
We do not know for sure. But, fortunately, we can tell what the texture of the skin was like, at least of certain kinds. Some dinosaurs had smoot skin, whereas that of others was scaly or platy. Two so-called mummies of the duck-billed dinosaur Anatosaurus were dound in Wyoming and along the Red Deer river in Alberta - one of the greatest dinosaur localities. They reveal a thin, flexible skin, probably having a mosaic pattern of small, polygonal plates, not much different from today's alligators and crocodiles Iguandodon even had bumps on the skin between the fingers. Since most large animals are rather dark, the dinosaur probably were too, perhaps dark on the back and light underneath, as are living lizards and crocodiles.