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Re: "New" bird-dinosaur study
> The BBC is reporting a new bird-dinosaur study that reports
> developmental evidence suggesting that the birds decended from
> dinosaurs hypothesis is incorrect. The researchers (N. Carolina, I
> believe) studied the development of the "hand" in "birds" and
> "dinosaurs" (no species given in the report). The results indicate
> that fingers 2,3 & 4 comprise the bird "hand" (loss of 1 and 5)
> whereas fingers 1, 2 & 3 comprise the "theropod" hand (loss of 4 &
> 5). Again, no species were given.
The UNC student newspaper carried a short article about this report.
You can read it at
The study involved microscopic examination of limb development in
ostriches, chickens, cormorants, alligators and turtles.
Havre de Grace, MD