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September 5, 2012

#1104: Feathers


[[A woman approaches a little girl, who is sitting on the floor with a pile of books, once of which she is reading.]]

Woman: What are you reading about?

Girl: Dinosaurs!

Woman: Oh, yeah.

[[The woman stands talking to the little girl, who is still looking at her book.]]

Woman: They’ve gotten all weird since when I was a kid. They used to be awesome, but now they all have dorky feathers, right?

Girl: Yup!

[[The woman is still standing, looking at the little girl.]]

Girl: This says they now think raptors used their wings for stability, flapping to stay on top of their prey while hanging on with their hooked claws and eating it alive.

*Fowler et al., PLOS ONE 6(12), 2011

[[The woman stares at the girl, who is still reading the book.]]

[[The woman sits down on the floor with the girl and starts reading another of the books.]]