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Re: ABSRD BAND on Sinornithosaurus feathers



In a message dated 3/15/01 10:20:24 AM EST, kinman@hotmail.com writes:

<< If every stage in the 
 evolution of a morphological structure has to be adaptive, then it is 
 difficult to fathom how a simple hollow cylinder or a pine needle-like 
 branching structure can be functional in an animal. >>

As usual, they overlook the obvious solution to this conundrum: the feathers 
of Sinosauropteryx and some of the other Liaoning theropods are derived from 
more birdlike feathers such as those seen in the earlier Archaeopteryx.