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Re: Stegosaurus with protofeathers? Absolutely!

If you are beginning research in verminology, you should definitely track down a copy of the following:

Blanpied, P.W. 1980. Dragons: A Introduction to the Modern Infestation. Warner Books N.Y.: 194 pages.

Be mindful of the following quote on the title page, from Philip Marsden to the first graduates of the New Zealand School of Dragon Studies:

"The discipline of verminology calls for rigorous ordering of an elegant, beguiling, and often overwhelming complexity."


Roberto Takata wrote:
On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM, Roberto Takata <rmtakata@gmail.com> wrote:
So _Longisquama_'s feathers qould be homologous to bird feathers after
all. Feducia must be glad - although osteological evidences still
strongly support a maniraptorian dinosaur bird.
On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 3:53 PM, T. Michael Keesey <keesey@gmail.com> wrote:
Just to check -- you are aware what today is, right?

Dunno. Protofeather finding day?


The pyrophysiology and sexuality of dragons


To examine the means whereby dragons produce fire and steam, we have
studied a related species, the desert-lizard Lacerta pyrophorus.
Morphological studies showed that there were in the snout three
distinctive features: (1) a dorsal swelling in the pharynx, the Organ
of Feuerwerk, consisting of brown adipose tissue with an extensive
sympathetic innervation; (2) greatly enlarged lachrymonasal ducts, the
Ducts of Kwentsch; and (3) asbestos deposits in the nasal skin, the
Bestos Bodies. Physiological studies show that the Organ of Feuerwerk
can, when the animal is excited, produce extremely high temperatures.
We discuss how these mechanisms can produce steam and fire, and how
the snout is protected. We also discuss and offer a solution to the
problem of how, since dragons are invariably male, the species can be


Roberto Takata

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