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Not Quite So Lost...
Hi everybody! (hi doctor nick...)
Anyhoo, I did what a few of you suggested and borrowed that
monstrocity of a book, _The Dinosauria_, form the college library. I
haven't started in on the text yet (I may need someone to explain IT
to me in layman's terms), I now sorta' understand what this is about
after looking at the pretty pictures. Man, was I out of it!
ABOUT NON-AVIAN DINOSAURS:
I was thinking about how strange-sounding a term this is and
came to this conclusion... "Non-avian dinosaurs" would imply that
"avian dinosaurs" are the standard (like how the Klingon word for
truth actually translates to "not lying":-)). Yes I realize that this
is a semantical argument, but a possible extension of this could be a
description of dinosaurs, or theropods at least, that states:
"... an often-times large type of
flightless, derived bird..."
This could again imply that Dinosauria is not valid and
that they are, in truth, a "sub-something" of Aves...
Not that I believe any of this mind you, I'm just thinking
Alberta Palaeontological Society
MRC Earth Sciences Society
And for the record, I'm on of those holdouts who think that
Dinos probably weren't feathered or endothermic in any recognizable
way (in general, of course:-)).