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Pigeon foot feather genes identified: Study hints how scaly dinosaur legs could get birdlike feathers

Pigeon foot feather genes identified: Study hints how scaly dinosaur legs could get birdlike feathers

An English trumpeter breed of domestic pigeon with very large foot feathers, known as muffs. Credit: Sydney Stringham, University of Utah University of Utah scientists identified two genes that make some pigeon breeds develop feathered feet known as muffs, while others have scaled feet. The same or similar genes might explain scaled feet in chickens […]