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Re: Important feathered dinosaurs
In a message dated 12/7/1999 4:08:00 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> >Personally,...I like Protoavis in that it indicates the presence of a true
> >avian form as early as the Triassic. (feathers assumed from the "quill
> >nodes" found in the wing structure).
>Except that it doesn't according to most authorities, and there are no
>"quill nodes" (just a ridge that might possibly have provided attachment
>for something, maybe).
Um, I think that's _Avimimus_. In the case of _Protoavis_, the problem is
that not everyone can see Chatterjee's "quill nodes".
_Protoavis_ certainly has some rather birdish-looking *pieces*, but it is so
beat-up and fragmentary that it is difficult for me to assign it a huge
amount of significance until better material turns up, particularly since we
have such a smooth series of Jurassic and Cretaceous birds that clearly seem
to represent the main line of avian evolution.