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Re: Microraptor Had Iridescent Plumage



That makes sense; it does make for a good comparative illustration.  Mick 
really is a master of the craft.

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On Mar 8, 2012, at 9:34 PM, "Jason Brougham" <jaseb@amnh.org> wrote:

> 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.