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Re: Fixing dinosaurian carnivour question

I thought this list was using 'proto-feathers' (meaning early feather)
for that term, rather than 'pre-feathers' (meaning prior-to feathers)?

Please correct me if I'm wrong


Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 5/27/99 2:31:54 PM EST, bettyc@flyinggoat.com writes:
> << hey now...
>  'pre-feathered' as a group characteristic is not proper science.
>  I can say goldfish are 'pre-feathered' (and give me a really wacko
>  genetech person and a lot of money I can make them post-feathered too) >>
> I don't think goldfish scales are homologous to feathers in birds, so
> goldfish aren't pre-feathered in this sense. "Pre-feathered" here means
> "covered in pre-feathers," not "before being covered with feathers." I
> thought this was understood; otherwise I'd have clarified my phrasing.

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