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Re: T.Rex Feather Skepticism
The cute tyrant looks like a good prey item for a hungry Upper
Cretaceous mammal to me. Interesting that almost all domesticated
barnyard birds are fluffy and cute from the egg. I wonder if
artificial selection by man had anything to do with that or just an
adaptation for surviving for cold roosts. (Of course that theory goes
out the window regarding turkeys!) Of course lot of other birds are
born naked and "ugly" but do pen feather up pretty quickly. Nothing is
more homely than a baby parrot in pin feathers. I agree that we
anthropoids do tend to prefer baby creatures as cute. Something about
the mammalian survival benefit of cuteness ingrained into our
collective wishful thinking. Would an ugly tyrant baby sell prints?
Would puppies endear themselves so readily if they looked like the
http://www.dogsinthenews.com/issues/0207/articles/020704a.htm I doubt
that other predators said, "look a cute baby, don't step on it."
Frank (Rooster) Bliss
On Sep 14, 2005, at 7:13 PM, Jaime A. Headden wrote:
I believe the truth lies in my companions eyes...
So I will propose to you fellows a variation of Pascal's Wager:
1. Baby tyrants with fluff are cute;
2. Baby tyrants without fluff aren't cute (or at least as cute as
3. Cuteness brings more appeasing affirmation in our lives than
4. Thus, there is a better benefit in being cute if you're as cute
Luterman's fluffy tyrant (Mike Skrepnick also did a glorious
this idea), than if you weren't, and therefore we should favor
(i.e., glorious white fluffy downy fluffiness) than uncuteness
scaly, dry, ugly skin ;)).
Let there be fluff!!
Jaime A. Headden
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
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