So I’ve recently got my hands on the latest paper from Theagarten Lingham-Soliar. This one comes with the promising title of “The evolution of the feather: scales on the tail of Sinosauropteryx and an interpretation of the dinosaur’s opisthotonic posture.” The title promises the discovery of real, honest to goodness scales in Sinosauropteryx prima., and I for one am quite intrigued, and so ask these two questions:
1) Can TLS prove the presence of scales in Sinosauropteryx prima?
2) Does it matter?
While I am preparing answers to these two questions, let me leave you with the nice image above, the specimen in question, IVPP V12415.