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Re: Missing link feather fossils



Janet m vandenburgh writes:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtmlview=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/earth/2008/02/20/scidino120.xml

Missing link feather fossils found in France By Roger Highfield, Science
Editor Last Updated: 6:01pm GMT 20/02/2008


Primitive feathers that represent a key missing link in their evolution have
been found, fossilised in 100-million-year-old amber from France...

Given that they date to about 50 millions years after Archie, isn't it also possible that these feathers are from a secondarily-flightless animal, and their 'intermediate form' is a result of a reversal to a more simplified structure? I wonder how they compare to the feathers of ratites.


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