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Re: Quo vadis, T. rex? [long]



> Given that there is a paucity of evidence regarding dinosaur skin and that
> those few impressions have _not_ shown any sort of feather, anyone who is
> convinced that theropods had feathers is taking a greater leap of faith than
> is acceptible science.  I do not mean this as a barb, nor to offend. Those of
> you who steadfastly want to see feathered Tyrannosaurs  are certainly
> entitled to believe so but I remind you that it is mere speculation. It is
> not fact!  And right now it is just wishful thinking.  No one has yet to
> prove that birds are dinosaurs in any sense. IMHO, from a scientific point of
> view,   what little skin matreial that is known shows no evidence of any type
> of feather. As for the new ornithomimid , the jury is still out. I t would
> not surprise me at all if the vaunted feather or somethinglikeit impression
> is an artifact of preservation.

     Eaxactly.  How long before Archaeopteryx feathers evolved is very 
debatable.  Maybee just that little twig, maybee the common ancestor of 
the entire theropoda.   But this is SHEER SPECULATION.  
Not the sort of thing a clasification system should be based on.  

LN Jeff