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Re: really big question
Cliff Green wrote:
with all the other animals at the site having this amazing amount of
preservation, and Pelicanimimis's feathers not showing up because of bad
preservation is at best, miraculous.
All I can say is: Allelulah _Archaeopteryx_!
The individual _Archaeopteryx_ specimens vary greatly with regards to how
well the plumage is preserved. I don't think anybody truly believes that
this reflects the condition in life. Rather, the differences are
Also, there is no trace of integument in _Compsognathus_, found in the same
lagerstatten as _Archaeopteryx_ - not feathers, not scales, not osteoderms,
nuttin'. The fact that Chinese compsognathids show integumentary structures
might lead us to believe that _Compsognathus_ had some sort of down-like
body covering too, but this for some reason was not preserved.
Pelecanimimis's feathers didn't show up anywhere on it because it
have any. This is a best guess estimate based on Occham's Razor, not on a
theory that states it has to have feathers because so and so's cladiogram
says it does.
I'm glad this doesn't apply to mammals.
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