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Re: Jinfengopteryx elegans the troodontid
Michael Lovejoy (email@example.com) wrote:
<Dan Bensen asked: "Looking at the tail, it seems to have had a bushy, sort of
bottle-brush integument in life, but I assume that it's a squished laterally
flaring tail (like in Archaeopteryx). Is there any way to tell?"
I don't know if I missed the answer to this, but if anyone's got any ideas i'd
like to hear them. I'm working on a Mei long sculpture right now, so I need to
grab any info I can on basal trrodontid integument!
So, Archie-type tail or bottle brush? Any ideas?>
If I was to make any inferrences from the flattened specimen, I'd put more
money on flattened than I would on brushy, since this animal is inferred to
have had some more aerodynamic control when running (ground up hypothesis) or
if it was a jumper, leaping from branch to branch (trees down) it should retain
such an advantageous adaptation. Squirrely or raccoon-like brushy tails tend
not to be for aerodynamic purposes, and flying squirrels, sugar-gliders and
colugos have tails that are more flattened than brushy, as a possible
Thus I would give it a more *Archaeopteryx*-like tail. But a brushy-tail like
might have been present in *Sinosauropteryx* (or even if it were flat in that
taxon) is not out of the question.
Jaime A. Headden
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