In news that shouldn't surprise anyone who finds them so irresistible, paleontologists are now claiming that the earliest dinosaurs to develop feathers did so for courtship purposes and not to soar like giant, sexy eagles. *ruffling tail-feathers* CAW, CAW!
"They may have initially evolved as a secondary sexual characteristic," says a paper published Thursday in the prestigious journal Science.
"Because they're in these large dinosaurs, (wings) haven't evolved for flight," Zelenitsky says. "(And) because these wing-like structures develop later in life, that suggests they were used for purposes like display or courtship or egg-brooding."
Wow, so those girls who weave feathers in their hair might actually be on to something besides looking ridiculous. And to think I would just make fun of them. Hey -- you're no bird! Well, maybe a DODO. (I should work on my burns, I get it)
Thanks to Jasonsaurus, pirhan, Cambrian and Matt, who have officially convinced me to tar and feather myself before traveling back in time.