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Feather Evolution 2of5

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Published on Mar 3, 2009

Whilst the traditional view on the evolution of feathers was in relation to flight, new discoveries of feathered dinosaurs in China have changed this to focus on thermoregulation and display. Similarly, the evolutionary path from reptilian scales to bird feather has been turned on its head by tubular structures from the follicle.

Certain organisations continue to parrot the phrase "no transitional fossils have ever been found". However, the list of species which possess transitional features continues to grow.

Epidexipteryx hui, Protoavis, Protarchaeopteryx, Archeopteryx, Avimimus, Sinosauropteryx, Caudipteryx, Rahonavis, Shuvuuia, Sinornithosaurus, Beipiasaurus, Microraptor, Nomingia, Epidendrosaurus, Cryptovolans, Scansoriopteryx, Yixianosaurus, Dilong, Pedopenna, Jinfengopteryx, Sinocalliopteryx, Sinornis, Ambiortus, Hesperornis, Ichthyornis

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