Okay, screw it, sleepiness be damned, I couldn't leave it alone.
First of all, there is only one body being examined, and yet there were supposedly twenty in the barrow. You would take and examine a few...
but no, if it's a hoax then it's much easier to simply make one and say there were more...
AND, apparently this guy is going to return the body to the barrow and reseal it, and NEVER reveal its location...
So we never see this thing again, and his bases are covered. You figure this would be the biggest find, oh say, EVER! And aside from turning the
world upside down, there would be BIG cash involved. Big, never work again type cash.
That smells fishy to me.
Also, I can't really believe that the wings would be so perfectly mummified like the rest of the body because they seem so thin, but that's neither
here no there. My big problem with the wings is the muscles that would be required to operate them. Fairies as magical creatures are just that,
magical, and so are their wings. Fairies as cryptos would have to function in our mundane world with our mundane laws of physics.
The largest muscles in the bird are the muscles that control the wings. They are called the pectorals, or the breast muscles, and make up about
15 - 25% of a bird’s full body weight. They make the birds’ wing stroke very powerful so that they can fly, and provide most of the movements the
bird needs for its down stroke. The muscle below the pectorals is the supracoracoideus. It raises the wing when a bird is flying. The supracoracoideus
and the pectorals together make up about 25 – 35% of the bird's full body weight.
Even with their hollowed out bones, birds need some serious muscle to fly around, and they have the bone structure to support it. Ever notice that
when you rip apart a turkey there's a huge plate of bone perpendicular to the table sticking out of the bird's chest? Ever notice all the breast
meat bordering this bone?
That there's flyin' muscle.
(And yes, turkeys fly. Domestic, non flying turkeys were bred from wild turkeys that do, in fact, fly)
All birds got flyin' muscle, and lots of it. This fairy could be built like the Terminator and still wouldn't be able to get off of the ground
because its bone structure wouldn't allow for the muscle mass required for flight.