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RE: Microraptor Had Iridescent Plumage
Thank you Doctor.
I don't want to speak for Mick but I believe the femoral sprawl was kept well
within the range for modern birds. The pose was deliberately flattened, placing
most body parts within planes perpendicular to the line of sight, to allow
direct comparison of linear measurements. In short, to minimize foreshortening
of all pennaceous feathers.
We should all give a shout out to the maestro, Mick Ellison. He is the sensei.