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I've been reading the feathers debate on DML with interest. I've have also
recently been reading a book about the survivors of the USS Indianapolis
(there is a point, believe me). One thing was mentioned that I thought might
have some bearing on this and that is the caustic nature of salt water.
Apparently, many survivors came out of the water with all their body hair
dissolved away after four days in the ocean. As I recall the Solenhofen
lagoons were very saline and if Compsognathus feathers were fine, perhaps
they had simply dissolved away prior to preservation. The larger feathers of
Archaeopteryx may have taken longer to break down. The Chinese feathered
dinosaurs were from freshwater environments, after all.
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