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Re: Forelimb Feathers in Penguins
The forelimbs of penguins are feathered, but the feathers are very
reduced in size. The contour of the forelimb foil is formed from the
skeletalmuscular morphology, rather than the feather surface (the
feathers simply "coat" the forelimb).
On Oct 31, 2008, at 5:12 PM, Scott Selberg wrote:
With all the new maniraptor discoveries in recent years, a wide
range of forelimb feathering has been found preserved, often defying
what one would expect.Along these lines, I've been looking at photos
of penguin flippers.In the photos it is hard to tell what is feather
and what might be scaly.Does anyone out there have any
knowledge,first-hand or otherwise on this? Are these feathers unique
to penguins?If the flippers are scaly, is it the same as hind-foot
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