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Dino feathers discovered!!!!
Sometimes in life providence smiles on us all. Here is the content of
yesterdays private e-mail exchange between me and Phil Currie. I am just
waiting for the "I told you so messages".
From Paul Davis on 10/9/96 7:01 PM:
The Japanese media have taken a big interest in this story- can you provide
me with any further details than what I have below (which comes from their
sources). They have been on the phone all morning - but probably to a much
greater extent with you!
Upper Triassic Dinosaur from China (near Confuciusornis locality - Liaoning
Prov.). Preserved with feathers.
Original Text from Phillip Currie:
Hi Paul: It is a neat story. And the specimen is quite spectacular.
Actually though, the specimen is lowermost Cretaceous (new radiometric
dates) although some of the Chinese researchers believe the beds are
uppermost Jurassic. The beds are the same that are producing all of the
Confuciusornis specimens (including the ones with feathers). The little
dino is almost certainly a compsognathid and the feathers are relatively
short, preserved mostly along the neck and back with very short ones (which
actually look more like scales near the vent) along the top and the bottom
of the tail. The beds that produce these fossils are lacustrine, but have a
high content of volcanic ash. Fortunately, I have been away, so I haven't
heard a peep from the media. And in a few days I will be off to the SVP.
All the best, Philip