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Re: OCCAM'S RAZOR & THERIZINOSAURS



John V Jackson wrote:

> --Original Message--  From: Jonathon Woolf   Date: 31 July 1998 22:48
> Subject: Re: OCCAM'S RAZOR & THERIZINOSAURS
>
> >> 1)  Sinosauropteryx's fluffy stuff
> >>
> >> 2)  Caudipteryx (& Protarchaeopteryx)'s feathers
> >>
> >> 3)  The early Jurassic "therizino..."
>
> >OTOH, it's also true that I managed to predict items 1 and 2 in January
> 1996,
> >eight months before _Sinosauropteryx_ started making headlines.  If I could
> get
> >them right, they must not be all that earthshaking, n'est-ce pas?
> >
> >-- Jon Woolf
>
> Yes, quite a large group managed 1 & 2 in rough form; after all, a
> warm-blood needs insulation.  However, I am most impressed by predictions
> which mention that ownership of such a specialised feature as feathers
> necessitates a flying ancestry.  (Incidentally, I think the definite
> non-feathers of Sino... does not help full BCF!)  The odd few also managed
> 3.  However, like the lottery, getting *all* the numbers is the special
> trick!

Um, could you answer a question for me, please?  If the presence of feathers
necessitates a flying ancestry, then where did feathers first come from, and
why?

-- Jon W.