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Re: Feathering in coelurosaurs



On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Matthew Bonnan wrote:

> Are there any large archosaurs that are very colorful?

Cassowaries?

There are no archosaurs today even approaching the size of the largest
ones ever. Even a cassowary, while quite large for a modern dinosaur, is
small compared to many Jurassic and Cretaceous forms.

Modern large archosaurs (ratites and crocodylians) are also generally
adapted for camouflage. Crocodylians are mostly ambush predators, so we
wouldn't expect them to be colorful.

Extrapolation from extant animals only goes so far ...

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