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Re: Young Allosaur feathers?
From: "Tim Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
After all, _Sinosauropteryx_ has a feathery integument; but its kissing
cousin _Compsognathus_ does not. In _Compsognathus_, the absence of
feathers (especially in a specimen preserved in the same depositional
environment as _Archaeopteryx_) is likely due to secondary loss.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but so far as I know, we have no evidence for any
form of integument in _Coelophysis_ at all. Not feathers. Not scales. So
unless we are able to prove (or "support the hypothesis," as my lab
coordinators would have me say) that _Coelophysis_ had scales, there's no
reason to believe that it couldn't have feathers.
Undergraduate Student, Carleton University
Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology
AIM: jslice mallon
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