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Re: Feathers and scutes

Stephan Pickering wrote:

> among all extant theropods, feathers have a stunning
> array of forms and functions (cf. the hair-like
> structures of the kiwi, the sexual displays of
> peacocks, etc.)

The award for wierdest feather goes to the King of Saxony bird of
paradise. It has two plumes attached to its head that are twice the
length of its body. The quills don't carry feather barbs, but rather
small hard blue disks along just one side.


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