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Re: really big question
The Solenhofen matrix is micrite, correct?
It wouldn't hurt to plant a bunch of bird carcasses (of different species
with different feather patterns) on a carbonate mud floor of a modern
warm water lagoon and chart their decay over time. A carbonate mud will
harbor a vastly different microbiota than will a phylosilicate mud. And
a warm benthic envirnment is much different than a cold benthic
If the study hasn't been done yet, it would make a neat M.S. thesis for
someone who likes to SCUBA dive in tropical seas, and who doesn't mind
handling rotten birds.
On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 13:38:28 -0500 Tim Williams
> 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
> forces during flight as the outer primaries, and so may be less
> attached. Thus, they detach from the carcass easier than the outer
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