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Re: Oxalaia, new spinosaur from Brazil
I gotta say, that feather looks unreal. That is to say, it looks like a real
feather, and not a fossil (it looks like it is 3D and not an impression).
According to Google translate, the finding is being viewed as evidence for some
feathered, non-flying animal. I'm assuming this was based off the feather being
rather frail and symmetrical, rather than anything else. Again, according to
Google translate, it could be from a dinosaur, or from a secondarily flightless
bird (or, IMO, a non-flight feather of a regular bird).
Mind you, Google translate also said this about _Oxalaia quilombensis_:
"The animal also had a candle in the back, which could serve as a sex
attractant for the regulation of heat or impress an opponent."
So, by all means, take the translation with a grain of salt.
--- On Thu, 17/3/11, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: Oxalaia, new spinosaur from Brazil
> To: email@example.com
> Received: Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:21 AM
> From: Ben Creisler
> First, apologizes for a dumb typo--the species is
> quilombensis, of
> course--I accidentally added another "is"...My bad.
> Here's a link that shows a photo of a feather from
> The supposed "skull" of the dinosaur in some images is
> definitely a
> reconstruction of the crocodile Pepesuchus and NOT Oxalaia
> as the caption
> says. Apparently, a lot of news sources have the captions
> mixed up:
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