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Pterosaur feathers?



NEW RHAMPHORHYNCHOID WITH A HEADCREST AND COMPLEX INTEGUMENTARY STRUCTURES
Stephen A. Czerkas and Qiang Ji


Abstract

A new rhamphorhynchoid is described with a headcrest that is unprecedented among the long-tailed pterosaurs. The preservation of the headcrest presents significant implications regarding the physical appearance and aerodynamics of all pterosaurs. Also, "hair-like" integumentary structures of this pterosaur are shown to be complex multi-strand structures which presents evidence on the origin of feathers and the possibility of a remarkably early ancestral relationship between pterosaurs and birds.

I'm waiting for a feathered sauropod! :-)

While on the subject of pterosaur fur, what was it like? Could it have formed a sort of aeroshell is in birds?

Or were they soft and fluffy?


John Conway, Palaeoartist

"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde

Systematic ramblings: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/phylogenetic/
Palaeoart: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/