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Re: really big question

Ralph Miller wrote:

The remiges and rectrices (flight feathers), being more firmly attached and not being of particular interest to the beetles, remain even while the body is skeletonized. So you see, durability and biotic activity are factors in the selective utilization of bird tissues.

On that point, this may explain why the inner wing feathers are not preserved in _Archaeopteryx_ - these feathers are less exposed to torsional forces during flight as the outer primaries, and so may be less firmely attached. Thus, they detach from the carcass easier than the outer wing feathers.


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