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RE: Integument. . . extant vx extinct
Michael Skrepnick wrote-
Have a look at this bizarre little beauty. . .
Seeing is of course believing and in the case of fossil specimens at least
half way to believing ( depending upon the source of academic
interpretation ). The point. . . if a creature like this were unknown to
science ( as this one was until just recently ), but instead an ancient
counterpart were discovered in a fine grain sediment in which detail was
nicely preserved, how difficult would it be for the scientific community to
accept such an anomaly with unexpected hirsute covering? Some might
interpret or discount the evidence within the slab as an occurance of
dendrites, collagen, etc. . . but who would willingly accept or expect a
creature of the deep to be shrouded as is the "Yeti crab". Do discoveries
like these make it easier when considering ( cladistics aside for the
moment ) phenomena like proto-feathers on dinosaurs?
In all fairness, hair seems to be widespread among crustaceans. Just from
my dining experiences, I can recall the tail fins of lobsters are lined with
hair, and I think king crabs have tufts on their claws. So this new
galatheoid is more like a mammoth being found when only modern elephants
were known, as opposed to finding fully feathered dinosaurs when all you
know are ones with crocodilian-like integument.