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Re: Archie bones



In a message dated 95-12-07 19:36:43 EST, Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)
writes:

>Despite the statement about solid bones in Archaeopteryx showing up again
>and again in ornithology texts (and creationist tracts!), there is no
>evidence that the bones of Archie are solid.  No one is going to let me prep
>open the bones to prove this, but by phylogenetic inference (in either BAAM
>or BCF!), the bones of Archaeopteryx are expected to be hollow.
>
>

Larry Martin told me in person that Archy bones were not hollow. This led to
my interpretation of Archy as a cormorant-like diving bird, since diving
birds often have solid bones secondarily. Totally blue sky, but not obviously
baloney.