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Your time frames need some adjustment. The K/T boundary was around 65
million years. _Archaeopteryx_ could probably fly (its feathers show the
asymetry of flight feathers) - although how well is debatable. _A._ is from
150 million years ago. We also have other birds such as _Confuciousornis_,
which are around 120 million years old. This will cause some difficulty for
From: Earl Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: dinosaur <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, May 17, 1998 3:27 PM
> Hello , I have been monitoring the list about feathers , and I
>would like some
>comment on the following to see if it is of any value.......
> I think that perhaps a small dinosaur found a nitch as a predator
>of small fish......
> That in that capacity it would develop hollow bones for flotation
> Arms would evolve into longer appendages to aid in pushing for
> As perhaps the earth cooled prior to the K/T boundary the need for
> insulation as well as more buoyancy was needed which brought about
> feathers which were only a modification of the scales to a hollow
> From there it would seem to me that the need for more speed and
> would lead to eventual flight as an aquatic bird.
> As you comment please remember I'm an amateur
> Thank You
> Earl Wood