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Re: Combined answer: Feathered/scaly theropods: trying to make the point.

Mickey Mortimer wrote:

> << Santanaraptor really did have naked skin around the pelvic and
> area, if feathers were present, they would have been preserved. >>

Thomas P. Hopp wrote:
> I saw a squished squirrel on the road the other day. It looked like shoe 
> leather and had not a single hair left on it.

So does Santanaraptor have *scales* preserved, or just naked skin (like
ostrich legs or vulture necks)?

And how likely is it that a dino will have lost its feathers before death? 
As far as I know, there wasn't much road kill in the Mesozoic...unless you
count sauropod stompings.