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Re: APTERYX AND PROTOBIRD PHYLOGENY



I have examined numerous stuffed kiwi specimens (in which the skin fixes the
hallux in place, in skeletons the position is often altered) as well as some
live ones at the National Zoo. The hallux is NOT reversed. It is laterally
oriented, and appears no more reversed than the hallux in the huge
Tyrannosaurus trackway. 

GSPaul