Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Birds got socks

And speaking of China, lately it seem as if all the great fossil finds are coming from there. Within recent weeks, Chinese paleontologists have given us an Early Cretaceous bird embryo, curled up in an oval the size of a robin's egg, each tiny rib in place, and -- more spectacular -- an Early Cretaceaous bird with feathers on its legs. Did dinosaurs evolve feathers as a body covering before discovering their advantage for flight?