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Re: So here it is...
Under water there is nothing to smell for nearly all tetrapods
(has been suggested otherwise for "pliosaurs", but nobody can argue Archie
was that specialized for an aquatic predator).<
An animal has to be able to percieve it's surroundings, and in murky, rough
water, an animal would need to be able to find it's prey, and in these
conditions, eyesight just won't do. Ever been swimming in murky water? In
conditions like these, either smell of hearing would probably be your best
bet for situational awareness (granted, Archie isn't from a turbulent coast,
but there must be a lot of sediment suspended in the water to be able to
cover the feathers quickly enough to be preserved).
Also, out of curiousity, would this theory make animals like _Microraptor_
secondarily terrestrial? (I'm probably way off on that one)
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"A _Coelophysis_ with feathers?"
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