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Re: Avian scales



In a message dated 95-12-08 12:06:11 EST, Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)
writes:

>>   Do birds have scales?
>
>Yes, on their legs and around their eyes.  And all over the body, in the
>modified form of feathers.
>
>>   Are they similar to reptilian scales?
>
>The are the same composition, phi (=beta) keratin as reptilian scales, and
>different in comoposition from fish scales and mammalian hair.
>
>

I think Alan Brush is delivering some heavy blows to this (mis?)conception.