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Re: Neoteny & Avian Evolution



At 12:18 PM 11/14/97 -0600, Casey wrote:

>With recent discussion of tree climbing dromaeosaurids and feathered
>Alvarezsaurids an idea formed in my head (dear god, I hope it is an
>original one).  What if birds evolved as a result of neoteny from a very
>early (as of yet undiscovered) dromaeosaur relative.

You might find that a LOT of dinosaur paleontologists would agree with you,
but have yet to find an appropriate forum in which to publish their ideas... :-)

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
University of Maryland        Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661