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Re: More ado about Archaeopteryx

you mean like polydactyl cat toes?
 a common occurance of misnumbered toes


Farlow@ipfw.edu wrote:
> in all the instances that I know of, this loss of one of the digit IV
> phalanges is characteristic of the entire species, rather than the
> occasional odd individual of the species.  Does anybody out there know
> of instances in extant bird species where there is a reduction in the
> foot phalangeal count of aberrant individuals?