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Re: If Dinosaurs Could Fly
In a message dated 98-01-20 16:23:42 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Animal hair best suited to insulation is thin and floppy and covers the
more thickly than non-insulating hairs (it's smaller at the base, for one
This retains body heat trapped in individual air pockets. We all know that.
For a different slant on the origin of feathers, you might want to read this:
Reichholf, J. H., 1996. "Die Feder, die Mauser und der Ursprung der Vögel,"
Archaeopteryx 14: 27-38.
Yes, it's in German, but the lengthy English abstract states his idea that
feathers originated as a mechanism for keratin excretion and found other uses
later (insulation, flight, etc.).