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At 11:59 PM 10/30/97 -0500, GSP1954@aol.com wrote:
>At the same time, we do not have any avetheropod embryos to examine. 
>It is quite possible that they grew their fingers in exactly the same 
>manner as baby birds, with the well developed digit opposite the ulna 
>being III, rather than IV as common in other tetrapods. After all, in 
>adult avetheropods the digit opposite the ulna IS number III. 

In short, the whole argument hinges on the assumption that the largest
finger is IV.   Then, indeed, the argument is inconclusive.  They are going
to need better reasons than this.

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