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Re: Dino feathers
Peter Buchholz wrote:
> Any ideas as to why all known Compsignathid specimens died in the exact same
> pose? That strikes me as very odd. Also, how many fingers do you see?
> Aside from the feathers, I think that the proper finger count will be the
> most important piece of evidence taken from Sinosauropteryx (how much do I
> hate that name?......).
I though the hands in _Compsognathus_ were poorly preserved. How
many other compsognathids are known with good hand material?
> Am I correct in my thinking that absolutely NO non-lepidosaurs have
> overlapping scales? This is what you're advocating isn't it? From the
> verbal discriptions I've heard so far, it seems far more likely that the
> structures are indeed feathers, and not overlapping Lepidosaur-style scales.
I don't see why developing overlapping scales from non-overlapping
scales would be more unlikely then developing FEATHERS form
non-overlapping scales. We will just have to wait and see.
"Post-mortem contraction of the posterior neck ligaments...Veliciraptor?"