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Re: Dinosaur article
>Alan Brush has been arguing recently on the list that feathers are an avian
>neomorph, like mammalian hair--they did not arise from scales but are a
>genuinely new structure. He has analyzed feather proteins and found them to
>be different from the proteins of scales; they are, however, more or less the
>same proteins as in bird beaks, claws sheaths, and leg scutes.
>I wish we had some protein samples from the keratinous covering of ankylosaur
>and stegosaur scutes, sauropod dorsal ornaments, and hadrosaur beaks. I would
>bet money that it's the same stuff as that which makes up feathers.
So ... how do the proteins of crocodilian scales and scutes compare with
those of bird feathers?
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