The Fisherman & the Sinosauropteryx – preview

IVPP V12415

Sinosauropteryx sp., IVPP V12415.

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.


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7 Responses to The Fisherman & the Sinosauropteryx – preview

  1. VERY interested to read this paper/your thoughts on it. My level of excitement over the prospect of scale preservation here should be enough for the BAND camp to quit calling BADists like me ideologues :)

  2. Tomozaurus says:

    Stoked for you post Jamie. I too am very interested in the possible preservation of scales on S. prima. Especially if we see them intermingling with feathers, despite what the BANDit authors are bound to claim.

  3. Alessio says:

    Really interesting!
    I’m curious if the scales are associated with a certain area of Sino’s body (underside of the tail, or legs maybe?)… Can’t wait to hear your opinion.

  4. Andrea Cau says:

    Just read the paper.
    I won’t comment before your post.

  5. Alessio says:

    So, from what i read in the paper, those tiny scales are located, like in other theropods from which we have skin impressions, in the tail region; but considering there also traces of fuzz in the same area, i guess they were hidden by the feathers when the critter was alive.

  6. Jason S. says:

    This looks like another case of “Juravenator syndrome”, in which the integument wasn’t preserved on a certain part of the body, leaving only the scaly ‘undercoat’ beneath. While the photograph above is blurry, it is very obvious that there are traces of protofeathers toward the end of the tail and in the furry outline of the specimen’s torso. But I guess I have to read the paper to make any educated conclusions.

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