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Re: Feduccia et al: No Evidence Fossil Feathers Are Really Feathers



2005/10/10, Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>:
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051010085411.htm
> Latest study: scientists say no evidence exists
> that therapod dinosaurs evolved into birds
>
> By DAVID WILLIAMSON
> UNC News Services
>
> CHAPEL HILL -- No good evidence exists that fossilized structures found in
> China and which some paleontologists claim are the earliest known
> rudimentary feathers were really feathers at all, a renowned ornithologist
> says. Instead, the fossilized patterns appear to be bits of decomposed
> skin and supporting tissues that just happen to resemble feathers to a
> modest degree.

Okay, _Caudipteryx_ caudal "feathers" is a supporting tissue that
resemble feathers to a *modest* degree?

180 osteological features shared (mostly exclusively)... "feathers"
will not be a big lack - just a cherry on the top of the cake.

[]s,

Roberto Takata