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Rahonavis ostromi



To All:

In the June 1998 edition of Discover magazine, there was an article discussing
a possible bird-dinosaur link, _Rahonavis_.  

While the reconstruction on the page shows _Rahonavis_ with feathers, were
there actually feather impressions?  Feathers are a bird trait, but the
following quote proposed crocodilian similarities.  "..Others have looked at
dinosaur fossils found recently in China and have argued that they had
crocodile-like lungs radically unlike those of birds" (Zimmer 32).  Does
anyone know what fossils were used to compare, and how might such an animal
have both reptilian and avian characteristics?  Are there any other animals
that have such shared characteristics?

Elizabeth Fallon