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Re: Rahonavis ostromi
this article on Rahonavis (now renamed as Rahonavis is preoccupied)
discusses the pinprick-like points along the wing bones, a
common trait among modern birds as it strengthens flight feathers.
The feathers were not preserved but the bone-feather attachments were.
> To All:
> In the June 1998 edition of Discover magazine, there was an article discussing
> a possible bird-dinosaur link, _Rahonavis_.
> While the reconstruction on the page shows _Rahonavis_ with feathers, were
> there actually feather impressions? Feathers are a bird trait, but the
> following quote proposed crocodilian similarities. "..Others have looked at
> dinosaur fossils found recently in China and have argued that they had
> crocodile-like lungs radically unlike those of birds" (Zimmer 32). Does
> anyone know what fossils were used to compare, and how might such an animal
> have both reptilian and avian characteristics? Are there any other animals
> that have such shared characteristics?
> Elizabeth Fallon