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Re: labels are imaginary
On Sun, 4 Feb 1996, Jeffrey Martz wrote:
> > The point is, I don't see the *usefulness* of separating birds from the
> > rest of the dinosaurs (aside from dumb stuff like being able to say
> > "dinosaurs are extinct"). I don't know if "dinosaur" is the best name
> > for the descendants of the last common ancestor of _Iguanodon_ and
> > _Gallus_, but apparently it's what were stuck with.
> How about endothermy, the possesion of feathers (not proven for any
> dinosaurian group no matter what anyone says) and flight? Birds have
> been going thier own way and doing thier own thing evolutionarily since
> the Jurassic.
What about endothermy? All dinosaurs were/are endothermic. I also
believe that many Cretaceous theropods were descendants of Jurassic birds.
> LN Jeff
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
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