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Re: Archaeopteryx running & CNN report on the feathered dino

----- Original Message -----
From: "Williams, Tim" <TiJaWi@agron.iastate.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 10:58 PM

> David Marjanovic wrote:
> > > The specimens of _Archaeopteryx_ do not show hindlimb feathers
> > > (contra some early interpretations).
> > >
> > What else are the contour feathers on the shins of the Berlin
> > specimen?
> I didn't know about tarsal feathers in _Archaeopteryx_.  Are you
> certain?

Tarsal... rather tibial. Well, the contour feathers on the Berlin specimen
because of which "*Tetrapteryx*" was invented.

> However, I am aware that some early sketches of one of the
> _Archaeopteryx_ specimens do show contour feathers (can't remember which
> one - was it the Berlin specimen).


> But this doesn't hold for *all* the
> _Archaeopteryx_ specimens.  If one Archie specimen did preserve contour
> feathers, then it's exceptional in this respect.

Yes. I misinterpreted your argument.

> >I think because they don't retract their legs when they fly;

respectively extend them long before landing, to grasp their prey.