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Re: Ruffled feathers
Paul Davis wrote:
> from a pathetic statistical sample size) shows that Archaeopteryx and
> Compsognathus did not have body contour feathers. Most people believe
> because Archae is a "bird" it must have had a feathered body.
I hate to sound stupid, but do body contour feathers serve a
practical purpose in a flying animal, not just as thermoregulation for
endotherms? I guess I am thinking about the cooling effect of the fast
passage of an animal through the air, and how it might be good to have
insulation to keep from getting chilled.