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Re: Dilong

Tim Williams wrote-

> The Birds-Are-Not-Dinosaurs crowd (which is not such a 'crowd' any more)
> tended to dismiss these down-like appendages as something other than
> protofeathers - collagen fibers, for example.  They will probably claim
> that the fuzzy covering of _Dilong_ were nothing like true feathers, and
> irrelevent to the evolution of birds or the origin of flight - as they
> done in the past for _Sinosauropteryx_ &c.

That's exactly what Martin claims (pers. comm.).

Mickey Mortimer
Undergraduate, Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington
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