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Re: Dinosaur "spikes"



--- On Wed, 10/21/09, David Krentz <ddkrentz@charter.net> wrote:

> It has become extremely fashionable
> now to depict EVERY dinosaur with dermal spines these
> days.  There are a couple instances of them, as in some
> hadrosaurs, but if we are going by what most fossil
> integument is proven to exist than feathers would be a
> winner by a long shot.  

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Um, no they wouldn't. Protofeathers and the like are good for maniraptors. 
After that, it becomes as speculative as the spiny back portrayal. Moreso given 
that scales are known for most of the major dinosaur groups.

If you want to play it safe, you could just stick with tuberculate scales.

Jason