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RE: Microraptor Had Iridescent Plumage



Xu reported that the type specimen of M. gui has triangular feathers attached 
to the first digit, which he described as precursors of alulae. In that 
specimen they seemed to be flipped over, pointing forward rather than trailing 
off the thumb.

Mick and I drew them in our illustrations, laying flat on the leading edge of 
the dorsal surface of the wings. 
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From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] on behalf of Jaime 
Headden [qi_leong@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 12:13 PM
To: saichania@gmail.com; Dinosaur Mailing List
Subject: RE: Microraptor Had Iridescent Plumage

In *Microraptor zhaoianus*? It doesn't have one. Just an ordinary eversible 
first digit.

Cheers,

  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)
  http://qilong.wordpress.com/

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)


"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 
Backs)


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> Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 17:52:52 +0100
> 
From: saichania@gmail.com
> To: 
dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Microraptor Had 
Iridescent Plumage
>
> What happened to the 
alula?
>
> El 09/03/2012 4:21, Ben Creisler 
escribió:
> > Press release for the National Science 
Foundation with nice
> > high-resolution downloadable 
artwork:
> > 
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123392&org=NSF&from=news