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Re: Longipteryx chaoyangensis (Aves, Enantiornithes?)

Hi, All!
    I have a hard time buying the idea that contour and especially flight
feathers might fall out more easily than "fuzz". My friends and I once found
a brace of geese that had been shot and left where they fell on the ice on
the other side of the channel from the hunters. We decided to take them home
and eat them ourselves. Plucking was an ordeal - each flight feather
required a tug-of-war between two pre-teens. Not the sort of thing that
would just let go and drift away easily! (in fact, we wound up _skinning_
the geese, and making stew...)
    What was the paleo-environment like at this site? Perhaps *Longipteryx*
was secondarily flightless?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Bensen" <dbensen@gotnet.net>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>;
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2001 2:58 PM
Subject: Re: Longipteryx chaoyangensis (Aves, Enantiornithes?)

> >>If it appears to be a (flight capable) bird from the skeleton, and
> preserved with integument, but the preservation shows it as "fuzz", is
> possible that what we have is the decayed remains of flight-capable=20
> feathers? That "fuzz" is one of the less well preserved modes for
> It may be that fuzz is simply the most common body integument to be
> Perhaps contour and flight feathers tend to be stripped from the body
> death (this thing fell into a river, right?), leaving only the isulatory
> that a word?) fuzz behind.
> Dan