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Polly Want a Dinosaur?
The Associated Press is running an article on a paper from Thursday's
Nature, called "Did Parrots Coexist With Dinosaurs?" by Rick Callahan.
"An inch-long jaw fragment found in Wyoming suggests that parrots
were keeping the dinosaurs company in the years before a cosmic
collision killed off nearly three-quarters of life on Earth, a researcher
" 'This would be such an astounding discovery that you've got to have
more evidence than just a skimpy piece of a jawbone to identify a bird
from the Cretaceous,' said Alan Feduccia, an evolutionary biologist at
the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill." Larry Martin and Storrs
Olsen are also quoted as doubting the identification.
"It was found in the late 1950s in eastern Wyoming. Graduate student
Thomas A. Stidham came across it three years ago in the University of
California at Berkeley's fossil collection."