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Re: More on Birds, dinosaurs, and digits

At 05:27 PM 11/28/97 -0600, Toby White wrote:
> Stanley Friesen <sarima@ix.netcom.com> said:
>...  Yet, it is not found
>in birds nor in any other group of tetrapods.

On what basis do you make this determination?  At no time in development do
birds have more than four manual digits.  How does one *tell* that the main
axis digit is IV not III?  The whole *point* of the article was using the
main axis to *identify* the digit as IV.  If III is the main axis in
dinosaurs sensu stricto then what is left to say that the main digit in
birds is IV?

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