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RE: Gastroliths (Theropods) -Reply
>>> "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org> 04/20/99 07:27am >>>
Gastroliths are minimally a basal archosaur character (crocs got'em, birds
got'em, so the simplest evolutionary answer is that the most recent common
ancestor of cros & birds had'em).
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this kind of reasoning from parsimony only
works when you're dealing with homologous structures (physical or molecular).
It loses a great deal of force when you apply it to behaviors, or to
non-homologous structures since there is no necessary implication of a common
genetic basis for the trait. I study paleontology. You study paleontology. I
can almost promise you that our LCA did not.