Why we like to believe that dinosaurs were scalyAnd further down the page “Much intellectual blood has been shed in the corridors of paleontological research institutes over the years as evidence has been amassed to show that dinosaurs were highly varied in size and behaviour, and more like birds than reptiles.
"All the evidence is that dinosaurs were warm-blooded," says Mike Benton, professor of palaeontology at Bristol University. "When you look at the bone histology [structure] you see they had growth patterns and replacement of bone very like mammals and birds… Many if not most dinosaurs had feathers." Many of those feathers were coloured ginger and white and black.”
Read rest see pics here :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33678744
Would dinosaurs be less scary with feathers? Probably but they would still have sharp teeth so not for cuddling. Does this mean some cryptids may have feathers? Some cryptids are believed to be relics of past ages and so could be feathered and not hairy or scaly .It is difficult to tell when you are startled by the sight of a cryptid and don’t see clearly but it is always possible that feathers or fine down are mistaken as hair or fur. Just a thought for the weekend .