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RE: When New Met Papers
At 17.35 27/12/2007 -0600, you wrote:
Dawid Mazurek wrote:
> An intermade stage from scales to feathers? :o
:o indeed! This heterodox hypothesis has come up before. It proposes
that the elongated, ribbon-like rectrices of certain primitive birds
reperesent an intermediate stage in feather evolution. The alternative
hypothesis (which is much better supported) holds that this particular
feather morphology is highly derived, and has nothing to do with the
origin of feathers, or of flight. It might help to add that the
_Paraprotopteryx_ paper cites Feduccia's _The Origin and Evolution of
Birds_ in support of the former hypothesis.
Somene can provide a pdf copy even to me, please?
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