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Re: CNN on Lungs and Feathers

>>As for croc-lungs in dinosaurs, Phil Currie has just returned from examining
>>the type Sinosauropteryx slab. And no Virginia, Ruben et al's septum does not
>>exist, it's complete air from top to bottom. So much for that notion. 

Phil Currie, according to the people at RTMP, is not due back until later
this month.  Its nice that he is able to keep in contact with the west
during his travels.  Nevertheless, the type specimen does not have the
degree of soft tissue preservation (except in the tail) seen in the other
specimens--all of which demonstrate (to varying degrees) the same pattern we
described in the Bejing slab of this animal.

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