A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Dicynodonts Part One

These creatures have come pretty fur

Post 1

paulh. Don't accept substitutes

I'm no expert on feathers, scales, and fur, but there's an awful lot that doesn't find its way into the fossil record. How special could fur be, if it even finds its way into the bodies of bumblebees and caterpillars?

The creatures you've been writing about have already come pretty fur. smiley - groan


These creatures have come pretty fur

Post 2

Willem

Heh! I wouldn't be very surprised if it does turn out they were furry. We are indeed getting more and more details in the fossils, so it's not at all out of the question that we might soon have direct proof. At the mo the oldest direct proof of fur comes from 165 million years ago (the Jurassic, LONG after these dicynodonts) in a mammaliaform (proto-mammal very close to true mammals) Megaconus mammaliaformis, a small, squirrel-like thingy. Fossils show fur impressions, with guard hairs as well as underfur.


These creatures have come pretty fur

Post 3

paulh. Don't accept substitutes

Squirrel-like? It figures. Those squirrels get into everything! smiley - cross


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