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Re: Microraptor Had Iridescent Plumage



> Good stuff; pretty decent press release and lovely art.

Oh yes. And lovely paper and lovely supplementary information, too!

> Too bad the sprawled the hindlimbs in the illustration...

They're not sprawled. Instead, the lower legs are rotated.

You can do that, I can do that -- the European honey buzzard can do that, and 
no other dinosaur can.

I hate it when such artistically great images are completely ruined by utter 
anatomical impossibilities. Now every time I show that picture to someone, I'll 
have to add that disclaimer!

The fingers are rotated, too: the claws should point into the page, not 
forwards.

And there's still no evidence for naked skin (or scales) on the snout.

I'd have made two drawings, one in dorsal view and one in lateral view, to show 
the fore- and hindwings. Lateral view would also allow showing a hand in palmar 
view.