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Re: Yixian dinosaurs press conference

I agree, there are many examples of display in insects and amphibians
too :) 

I was referring to my own "informational origin of feathers" hypothesis
(and the display hypothesis) to explain the initial appearance and
function of protofeathers.

Thom Quinn

Stanley Friesen wrote:
> At 09:47 AM 6/23/98 -0500, Thom Quinn wrote:
> >The sexual dimorphism of Confuciusornis (along with the two very
> >long, male tail feathers) certainly implies that displays were
> >important early in bird evolution.
> There is ample evidence for the importance of display even earlier than that!
> The crests on Dilophosaurus,
> the nasal projection on Ceratosaurus,
> and so on.
> Visual displays seem to be quite widespread in Dinosauria.
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