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Re: Microraptor Had Iridescent Plumage



On 3/9/2012 9:36 AM, Jason Brougham wrote:

Therefore don't you agree that the hypothesis that is most consistent
>  with the evidence is that of a bare distal rostrum?

No.

Feathery snouts do seem an unlikely condition in beakless carnivores that eat prey large enough to be messy. Carrion birds AFAIK strongly support the underlying functional concept -- a bird (G. babatus) that specializes in bone-eating has a feathered head, and G. angolensis is likewise feathery -- the many vultures that specialize in accessing soft tissue in larger carcasses do not have feathers where they will routinely be coated w/ fluids.

Heh. Checking my perceptions about the generally featherless condition of vulture heads uncovered a prank -- typing "vultures" in the Wikipedia search box re-directs one to the page on "parliaments". :D