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Steve  Brusatte (dinoland@lycos.com) wrote:

<Correct me if I'm wrong (it's been awhile since I've read the paper, so I
very well could be), but didn't Zhang et al. mention a few traces of
filament on the _Epidendrosaurus_ slab??  Or, am I thinking of something
else?  In any event, I don't think there was much preserved.>

  Aside from the bulk of the bony elements, and much of the skull is
preserved as positive impressions, the type of *Epidendrosaurus* lack any
_bona fide_ integumental structures, unlike the type of *Scansoriopteryx*,
which has large traces of short filaments about the neck, arm, leg, and a
small patch of naked, scaly skin on one side of a portion of tail. Luis
Rey's recent, very gorgeous painting of *Epidendrosaurus* uses the
integument of the latter taxon and offers the base of the tail as nakes
but otherwise bearing long dorsal and lateral filaments, which is just as


Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

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