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Re: Dino feathers=Ptero fur?
On Wed, 7 Feb 1996, T. Mike Keesey wrote:
> Does anyone know if any theropod skin impressions besides
> _Carnotaurus_, _Harpymimus_(?), and _Archaeopteryx_ are known? (besides
> modern birds, of course)
That was _Pelecanimimus_. There is supposed to be an impression from the
end of the tail of a tyrannosaur.
> If _Carnotaurus_ didn't have feathers, does this necessarily mean that
> feathers must have developed after the ceratosaurs split from the
> tetanurines, or could it be that theropods (or dinosaur in general) beyond a
> certain size didn't need an insulating coat any more (as in elephants,
> rhinoes, etc.)
That's Greg Paul's preferred explanation, and I'm not disagreeing.
> -T. Mike Keesey
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
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