I wrote a whole paragraph here about recent fossil discoveries of feathered dinosaurs, and comparisons of nasal openings in the skulls of dinosaurs and living animals, and the display hypothesis. I did a websearch on protofeathers. It was turning into a book report.
But what I really want to talk about it how all of the above has inspired Mr Rey to cut loose. The latest paleontological hypothesis + wild imagination = Dino Punks! Zebra stripes, flashy crests, brilliant cloaks and ruffs of feathers! Iridescent scales, wicked spines, drooping fleshy wattles! It's wondrous and joyful. You can find more at the artist's website, here.
MP3: Mittens on Strings,