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Re: Dinosaur Revolution Review
On 15/09/2011 01:49, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
On Wed, September 14, 2011 6:14 pm, Jura wrote:
Not to get this thing started again, but do keep in mind that the majority
of dinosaur skin impressions show that they were scaly. Filamentous
integument is the exception, not the rule.
Let us keep in mind that what the data shows is that big sections of the
majority of dinosaur skin was scaly. But that they also show that when you
have relatively complete coverage of the individual (Psittacosaurus,
Juravenator, more to come soon) you get bodies which are mostly scaly but
with isolated patches/lines of filamentous integument.
doesn't it actually show that big sections of dinosaur corpses were
eventually buried and fossilized without feathers.
I recall a number of experiments involving rolling corpses around
showing that integument (hair/feathers) is easily stripped before final
burial - plus, not all sediments are fine enough to record filaments,
even if able to show scale imprints.
Neil Taylor "Creo Imaginem Mente"