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RE: shedding light on plume shedding issue
Jaime Headden wrote:
Plant fronds described as *Proornis* were originally described as
That would be _Praeornis sharovi_, from the Karatau Range (Late Jurassic)
of Kazakhstan. Rautian (1978) described _Praeornis_ based on an alleged
bird feather; but almost everyone else regards it as a frond (Bock; Nessov;
Feduccia). Bock (1986) thought it was a cycad leaf.
Michael Mortimer wrote:
Wouldn't the obvious reason for so many discovered shed parafeathers be
that they have a calamus equivalent (so would be expected to shed
periodically like feathers and fur), but are rather large and
Do the isolated 'parafeathers' show any evidence of a calamus? Based on the
type specimen, it is not at all clear how these 'parafeathers' are attached
to the back of _Longisquama_.
From another thread...
Well, there is an "upon" sense in this, in the sense that Prometheus
proceeded the creation, and was the insigator, of the creation, of men,
Epimetheus was the elaborator of them and creator of women, who came
but were also an elaboration "upon", mankind. (In a sense, Epimetheus
sex by developing an opposing image to men.)
My understanding of Greek mythology leads me to a different interpretation.
Pandora, the first mortal woman, was created by the Olympian gods under the
direction of Zeus. She was named 'Pandora' because she had receive gifts
from all of the gods (grace and beauty from Aphrodite; cunning from Hermes;
etc). Zeus offered Pandora in marriage to Epimetheus, and he accepted.
This was despite the fact that Prometheus ('forethought') had warned his
brother Epimetheus ('afterthought') not to accept any gift from Zeus. But
Epimethues, being without forethought, did not listen. Sure enough, Pandora
opened the jar that contained all of the ills that would afflict mankind;
and mankind was thereafter cursed. Only Hope stayed behind.
Prometheus had a son named Deucalion who married Epimetheus' daughter
Pyrrha. Deucalion and Pyrrha later built an ark, and survived a flood sent
by Zeus to ravage the earth. As with the notion that it was the first woman
(Pandora) who brought about the downfall of humankind, the Deucalion-Pyrrha
story from Greek myth has strong parallels with the Biblical account in