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Re: Coelophysis *feathers*???
<< Mammals have hair, so according to your argument, look out! --all the
amniotes get fuzzy :) >>
Har! You said it, not me!
'Cept lizards, I suppose.
<<The fact that this exact same type of convergence HAS happened before and
that all known non-ornithodiran groups of archosaurs have scutes or scales
suggests that basal Dinosauria had a croc-like dermal armor.>>
Heck, why not? And fuzz too. Last time I checked with an armadillo, bony
scutes and fuzz could coexist. Birds have feathers and scales (in fact, some
birds have scales with feathers growing out of the ends). Somewhere on the
list recently, I read a suggestion that the dermal nodules so common on
dinosaur skin impressions might be a variety of short fat feather. I
wouldn't be surprised.
Thomas P. Hopp
Author of DINOSAUR WARS, a science fiction novel published by iUniverse
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