Feathers and 'feather-like' integumentary structures in Liaoning birds and dinosaurs


Zhang, F., Zhou, Z, and Dyke, Gareth J. (2006) Feathers and 'feather-like' integumentary structures in Liaoning birds and dinosaurs. Geological Journal, 41, (3-4), 395-404. (doi:10.1002/gj.1057).

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We provide an overview of the known feather and other ‘feather-like’ integumentary structure types known to-date in the birds and dinosaurs from the Cretaceous rocks of Liaoning, NE China. These feather-types are classified and compared with similar structures seen in Mesozoic and extant birds. We consider that integumentary feathers and ‘feather-like’ structures fall within two major structural categories (‘shafted’ and ‘non-shafted’). Comments are also made on the possible aerodynamic or insulating function of leg and tail feathers in Mesozoic birds and theropods.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0072-1050 (print)
1099-1034 (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems
ePrint ID: 205221
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 15:11
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205221

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