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Re: AW: Heterodontosaurid with protofeathers



--- On Thu, 3/19/09, Erik Boehm <erikboehm07@yahoo.com> wrote:

> > More seriously: color often does not matter as much as
> > silhouette and texture in camo, even as used today.
> Deer
> > camo works in dayglo orange, as example. Not something
> a
> > sniper would choose, of course.
> 
> Most mammals are colorblind, with primates having
> re-evolved a pigment sensitive to another wavelength of
> light.
> 
> We should assume Dinosaurs had an excellent sense of color,
> as birds do today, and that dayglo orange would most
> definitely stand out as much to a predator or prey as it
> does to us (but not colorblind deer).

Heh. Well, when someone finds some day-glo orange 'proto-integuments', I might 
re-consider my views on the most likely _initial benefit_ conveyed by those 
original structures.