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June 7 2013

Why did dinosaurs evolve feathers?


A common creationist canard is the supposedly unanswerable "what use is half a wing?". Apparently there to confound biologists, what it generally does is demonstrate the ignorance of the asker with respect to evolutionary theory. However, the actual broader question that is inferred what use is a feather to a non-flying bird? is both relevant and interesting.

The earliest filamentous feathers appeared in dinosaurs well before birds ever did, and were present in plenty of species that had no hope of taking to the air (though I for one would love to see a flying tyrannosaur)

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