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Re: Sinosauropteryx tail colors

On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM, Jura <pristichampsus@yahoo.com> wrote:
> This is purely speculative, but if it was originally evolved for display, 
> then perhaps the display was that of a warning. Perhaps the animals used 
> these protofeathers as a way to appear larger to rivals, or to potential 
> predators.

I dunno -- here's a question: what purpose do ringed tails serve in
extant animals that have them? (Do we even know? I seriously have no
T. Michael Keesey
Technical Consultant and Developer, Internet Technologies
Glendale, California