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Thursday's edition of Nature (12/10/98, 396, 528 - 529) has
an article about possible parasites on fossil feathers. "Did dinosaurs
come up to scratch?" by David M. Martill and Paul G. Davis.
"The recent discovery of dinosaurs with feathers3 suggests that
birds may have inherited some of their ectoparasites from feathered
theropod dinosaurs. We have now found microscopic egg-like structures
on the surface of a fossil feather of approximately 120 million years old
from the Crato Formation (Lower Cretaceous period) of northeast Brazil.
They closely resemble the eggs of ectoparasitic feather mites and
indicate an early origin for this specialized group of Acari."