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Why aren't dinosaurs cuter with fur?

They seem much more terrifying and I don't know why.


So I'm supposed to be annotating The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kobert for English right now. Chapter 4 is about dinosaurs and lists quite a few. As I was Googling dinosaurs, to my curiosity, came upon the nasty looking sloth-like Therizinosaur.


This nasty boy is covered in fur, and I would fear for my life every day if they existed still. God, look at it. I can't even look at him for more than 3 seconds at a time. It's like a weird rooster with Edward Scissor-Hands's scissor hands. Except the hands are knives.


Now, I would look up how big this dude is, but honestly, I don't want to know.


My real question that has been inspired by this ugly chicken monster is, why don't I like him?


Theoretically, things covered in fur are cute. Dogs are cute. Cats are cute. Even ugly cats covered in fur are cute. (I am purposefully excluding hairless cats, thank you). Babies look cute when they're in little animal costumes. Scary tigers are still cute. I can't think of something furry that's not cute. Except for that guy. The purple one I can't look at directly.


After seeing him, I remembered reading something about how many dinosaurs may have fur too. I originally thought, "Maybe this guy is just ugly, and other dinosaurs with fur are not." After going through a BBC article and googling more pictures, I had my answer.


And I was wrong.


Why is that so much more terrifying than a normal furless dinosaur???? What is my life?? I need to know where his arms are, I feel unsafe!!


Stop the madness!!


Why don't they look nicer?? They should, right?? Am I blind to see that this makes them more appealing??


My theory is they look absolutely horrifying because they look too familiar. They look like animals we have today. They're furry like cats, except they have the body of a giant lizard. Like we finally have imagined an ugly furry thing and it removes our concept of cute and cuddly. You took a scary thing and dressed it up in a cute way. Like dolls in horror movies that harbor evil spirits. I think it's the same thing.


Talk about a dinosaur in sheep's clothing, am I right?


They also still have skin faces. Which is a gross term, but it is true. I can see his beady eyes and reptilian jaws. Gross. I don't wanna see that. Dear dinosaur fur, go big or go home. You're not fooling me. I don't like it at all. Stop.


Scientists, did the discovery of this advance science? Did you have to tell us? I think the answer is no.


Thank you.

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