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Re: Sinosauropteryx protofeathers



Ralph W. Miller III wrote:

...

>distally (at the tips).  Hence, because it would be awkward to refer to a
>modern vulture's filament as a "protofeather" rather than a feather, one
could
>make a case for calling the _Sinosauropteryx_ fibers "feathers," as long
as we
>understand what the term means.  It would certainly be more accurate than
>calling the features "fur," as the latter term applies only to mammals.

I'd stick with the term "protofeather" for _Sinosauropteryx_ to make it
unambiguously clear for the layman that it appeared _before_ the appearance
of "true" feathers by _Caudipteryx_ and _Protarchaeopteryx_.


Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog
Mines and Geosciences Bureau
Philippines