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Re: Did Feathers Evolve for Dispaly? We Still Don't Know!

It's also worth bearing in mind that the so-called "white" areas on the tail of *Sinosauropteryx* are really just areas that lack melanin. There could still have been other pigments present (like carotenoids, which produce hues in the yellow/orange/red range) that would not have been evident in the present study.

--Nick P.

Quoting Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>:

On Fri, Jan 29th, 2010 at 4:02 PM, Mickey Rowe <mickeyprowe@gmail.com> wrote:

You [Michael Erickson] say "orange and white banded
coloration would serve purposes of camouflage just as well".  And
you know this how?

Such a colour scheme seems to work for red pandas.

Orange and white coat patterns are quite common in modern animals - and although they seem to scream 'here I am' to us colour visioned beasties when the animals are out in the open (especially against green grass), they can be surprisingly difficult to spot in any sort of cover or dappled shade.


Dann Pigdon
GIS Specialist                         Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj

Nicholas J. Pharris