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Re: cursorial flapping



In a message dated 95-12-04 18:25:18 EST, Robert.J.Meyerson@uwrf.edu (Rob
Meyerson) writes:

>>I would like to see birdlike fossils come out of the Triassic, but I don't
>>think they will (_Protoavis_ notwithstanding) because Triassic dino-birds
>>were nowhere near as birdlike as _Archaeopteryx_--which has on more than
one
>>occasion been identified as a "real" dinosaur (_Compsognathus_).
>
>But, since Archy and Compsogathus are so similar in morphology, wouldn't it
>make more sense if these two genera had a common ancestor, not to far back
>(say, Mid-Jurassic or so).  This would put the origin of birds far from the
>Triassic.
>
>

There already IS a birdlike fossil from the Triassic, namely _Longisquama_,
but everyone seems to have written that one off without even a cursory
examination. And people accuse ME of not looking at specimens...