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Re: Cretaceous Parrot



-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <th81@umail.umd.edu>
To: smithjb@sas.upenn.edu <smithjb@sas.upenn.edu>
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: 17. december 1998 22:18
Subject: Re: Cretaceous Parrot


 >The fact that it
>seems to be a loriid (as the morphology suggests) may simply mean that
>psittaciform diversification occurred earlier than we thought, especially
as
>the morphology includes features currently known only in certain parrots.
>


Isn't it a bit peculiar how many parrot-like beaks of all sizes evolved in
the Cretaceous - for some tough seeds, nuts and other stuff cracking open
and chewed. No wonder parrots evolved at that time, too (with the edge of
especially manipulative beak).


Berislav Krzic
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