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Re: Re: Mononykus



> > What is the place of _Mononykus_ in theropoda, if not closer to living
birds
> > than _Archaeopteryx_?  
>
>Well, there is argument as to whether is avian or not.  So, it could
>be a bird, rather than just a theropod.
>
>Alternatively, since the entire maniraptoran clade is extremely
>similar to birds in many ways, it could simply be a maniraptoran
>that is convergent to birds in some respects.

In fact, over 9000 species of maniraptorans ARE birds (since Maniraptora
necessarily includes all birds by definition!).

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742
Email:Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)
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Phone:301-405-4084