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Re: Sinosauropteryx fibers



> The writing of this passage predates Currie's SVP presentation, which -- if
> I recall correctly -- didn't name the structures as a "rachis" and "barbs."
>  But he did project a sketch of the "simple branching structure" he
> observed.  It looked like a small bundle of fibers pinched together at the
> base. 

     That sounds kind of like a neosoptile, or juvenile feather to me.  I
don't have my ornithology books handy; could someone who knows a little
bit more about feathers elaborate? 

LN Jeff





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