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Re: Feathers as fossilized behaviour

>First, what about birds with downy feathers, like (if I recall 
>the kiwi? Do they require grooming?
>Second, what about the large secondarily flightless predatory birds of 
>Tertiary? They would presumably have problems similar to 'feathered
>dinosaurs' in maintaining feathers. Have feather remains been found 
>them? If so, what type of feathers?
>-- Jeff Hecht

What about a more specialized feather covering like penguins have?
Perhaps an oily coating like ducks have to repel water (or in this case: 
blood).  Don't know if this would be possible.

My 2 cents.

-Kevin Hedgpeth

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