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Re: Sordes, Brachiosaurs, Mamenchisa
><<Paleontologists no longer believe that Sordes pilosus had hair,>>
Once again: this was not my wording; I quoted it merely to show that not
everyone accepts pterosaur hair.
><<and thin, curly fibers closer to the animal's body, where more
>flexibility would have been needed.>>
>Why would it need stiffiners on its body (not the wings)?
I think the reference was to fibers ON the wings but closer to the base of
the wing (ie the body) than the longer fibers.
>shows the fibers on the wing extending past the wing's trailing edge.
>That is absolutely not what would be expected for a structure that
>was supposedly inside of the skin.
I have heard this explained as an artifact of post-mortem conditions, with
the stiffened fibers emerging from a partially decayed or damaged wing
membrane as the wing dried or shrunk. Again, please note that these are NOT
my opinions; not having examined the specimens personally I don't really
feel comfortable having any on this point.
I would think that hair would be more
>delicate like the contour feathers, not like the gigantic flight feathers
>that were splayed out, asking to leave an impression.
This may well be true.
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