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RE: Archaeopterix? What Archaeopterix....?!
At 17:28 16-01-96 -0500, you wrote:
>>The trouble would not exactly the splitting (that occurs quite often), but
>>the fact that all the feathers would be visible completely. Feathers are not
>>flat and it's almost impossible that the creature would be fossilised with
>>*all* the wing and tail feathers nicely flat in one plane.
>Certainly not. If the bird died on a flat mud surface and was quickly
>covered, surely all the feathers (and the fossil) would be in the same
>bedding plane - they are not required to be two-dimensional for this to
>happen. Look at the beautiful Solnhofen pterosaur specimens, with the
>entire wing-membrane preserved in a single plane in specimen after specimen.
Mmm, I forgot about those.
>Not to mention the fact that the wings and tail might well be pressed open
>and flat against the substrate (look at the next drowned gull carcass you see).
I've never seen a drowned gull carcass in my life and it's very possible I
never will. I'm not into anatomy, paleontology or anything in that direction
myself. I'm into computer science (hoping to graduate by this time next
>>1) Owen did no do it himself, he let someone in Germany do it.
>So who did all the others? Including ones discovered sine Hoyle's book?
>This is nonsense.
I guess it is, after reading all the reactions on this list and the simple
fact that I never heard anything about this theory before I saw the book. It
still remains a nice story however. ;-)
>>2) They are genuine Compsognathus remains. "Only" the feather imprints are
>>Read the book...
>Note the earlier posting by Stan Friesen. These are NOT Compsognathus!
>There are clear skeletal differences. That is why they could tell that a
>featherless specimen once mistaken for a Compy was NOT one!
Well, as I said above: I'm not into these things myself (even though I would
have liked to be). I'm just an interested Mesozoic-nut (like a lot on this
list, I guess) that gets his fragmented info about the period from (often
inaccurate and scientifically obsolete) books, like the one I asked about
now. Since I'm on this list I ask about some things that puzzle me. All the
experts here are bound to have the info I need. And indeed they do, it
seems. Thanks, all of you!
>Once again: the fossils were subjected to intense scrutiny AFTER the book
>was published and the charges conclusively refuted in detail. Perhaps one
>of these refutations could be cited here?
If someone has some of these refutations I'd love to hear them (read about
>Finally: if Archie were a fake how do you explain the recent spate of fossil
>discoveries (Sinornis etc) claerly intermediate between it and more modern
>birds in many characters? It would be like finding fossils linking Homo
>sapiens with Piltdown man.
I'm obvious not quite up to date on that as fell, I guess. Maybe because I'm
more interested in dinosaurs themselves than in bird evolution and the
_exact_ link dinosaurs->birds. Anyway...
>H&W's claims are NONSENSE!
I guess that's clear now.
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