Feathered Non-Avian Dinosaurs from North America Provide Insight into Wing Origins

  title={Feathered Non-Avian Dinosaurs from North America Provide Insight into Wing Origins},
  author={Darla K. Zelenitsky and François Therrien and G. M. Erickson and C. L. DeBuhr and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi and D. Eberth and Frank Hadfield},
  pages={510 - 514}
  • Darla K. Zelenitsky, François Therrien, +4 authors Frank Hadfield
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Fancy Feathers In the past few decades, an increasing number of dinosaurs have been shown to have possessed feathers. While it seems likely that feathers themselves may have evolved for thermoregulation, the original function of wings has been less clear and remained a matter of debate. Based on examination of three Theropod specimens from the genus Ornothomimus, Zelenitsky et al. (p. 510) conclude that the feathered wing may have evolved not for locomotion or prey capture (the animals were… CONTINUE READING
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