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Re: linguistic analogy

At 05:22 PM 2/11/96 -0500, Rob Meyerson wrote:

>One possible problem with this, is the breastbone seen in all bird species, but
>not seen in any dinosaur (including Archy).  It is possible that this feature
>succeeds in marking birds as "different enough" to place in their own category?

   It's my understanding that many dinosaurs have deep sternums.  The
sternum of _Mononykus_ is referred to as "keeled," as is that of
_Archaeopteryx bavarica_.  The only difference is that modern birds have a
HUGE sternum, whereas in certain theropods it was merely large.  Can a size
difference be sufficient to mark something as "different enough" for its own

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