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Re: Most dinosaurs were scaly

On Tue, December 31, 2013 1:56 am, Jura wrote:

> I'm not sure how often hair is preserved in these sediments,

Here's the answer: it essentially NEVER does.

> but even so,
> naked skin is not scaly skin. It is what is found underneath/between
> scales, hair, and feathers. We are comparing apples and oranges here.

No, we aren't. Again, no one is saying that large dinosaurs were
scale-less. Furthermore, I don't know that people are arguing that they
are PRIMARILY scaleless.

But that is not the same as saying they are fuzz-free.

In any sediment that isn't a lacustrine/lagoonal sediment, you can only
record a "?" for the presence of fuzz. You can't record a "0" (unless you
have 100% body coverage, which none of the mummies have), nor can your
record a "1". Just a "?".

> That said, I am in agreement with you, Matt, and others in that a better
> understanding of how sedimentology affects integument preservation would
> prove most useful. It is something that is sorely needed now that
> preserved soft tissue has become more prevalent in the fossil record.
> Jason

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