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Thread: Pterosaurs Were Possibly Feathered

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    Double Elite Global Moderator Robert Maynard's Avatar

    Pterosaurs Were Possibly Feathered

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    Jurassic World Evolution Moderator Global Moderator Lora Craft69's Avatar
    Interesting, it does look more like fur though.

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    Originally Posted by Lora Craft69 View Post (Source)
    Interesting, it does look more like fur though.
    I think it's easy - soon as you hear the word feather - to imagine a highly evolved 'quill', a modern feather.

    But I think probably two reasons why a pterosaur's feathers probably would resemble fur.

    Firstly pterosaurs doesn't use feathers for flight. A membrane of skin, like a bat, rather than flight feathers obviously, pterosaur feathers don't need to be structurally strong.

    Secondly protofeathers I think do look like fur, like example II.

    If the animal doesn't use them for flight, then it probably does find them good for insulation. So even if a protofeather covered wing is less efficient in the air than plain skin would be, the advantages of surviving colder climates might make it a worthwhile trade off anyway, if it opens up a niche polar food source or breeding ground say.

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    honestly the pterosaurs do not think they had feathers but in the game I would like them to add a protoplumage