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Re: WING FEATHER ATTACHMENT
Tim Williams writes:
Was there a gap in _Archaeopteryx's wing between the elbow and the body
wall? Maybe not. It is possible that _Archaeopteryx_'s inner wing was
filled in with a more simplified, primitive type of feather between the
proximal secondaries and the body wall. These feathers (unlike the more
distal remiges - the primaries and secondaries) were not preserved, just as
the contour feathers on the body were not preserved.
I would disagree. I can see no reason why any faethers along the upper arm
would not be preserved. Even if they were not flight feathers (like
primaries, secondaries, tail feathers) there only difference from the other
wing feathers would be shape. Why should they not be preserved?
I think it is best to assume the most simplest explanation: that the reason
Archaeopteryx fossils do not show upper arm feathers is that they were never
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