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Re: Bloody feathers & flicky tails (was: Feathers as fossilized behaviour)
A deinonychus rolling on it's back and breaking (theoretical) display
feathers is not as dangerously fatal to the deinonychus than when a bird
of prey breaks any feather that affects it's flight dynamics. Just
something to think about.
John V Jackson wrote:
> Recently I've been pondering the treatment body feathers would get on such
> as Deinonychus which attacked larger prey. Lions do a lot of rolling
> around when they're attacking zebra's etc., and both Bakker on p 310 of
> "..Heresies" and Knight in his "Laelaps" picture show "Rolling on the back"
> behaviour - frozen of course in the fighting pair. The bigger the
> animal, the higher the pressure on any back or side feathers, and I
> personally don't see neat structured feathers lasting long on Deinonychus
> etc (though birds of prey sometimes roll around on the ground during an
> While perusing the fighting pair I noticed that *the stiff bit* of the _V_'s
> tail bent through 60 degrees.
This is cool
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