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Re: Confuciusornis and other feathered beasts
On Sun, 6 Jun 1999 UNION4884@aol.com wrote:
> I note that "The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs" refers to Confuciusornis as a
> 'toothless bird'. In other places, I read that it is a feathered dinosaur (I
> assume this means non-avian dinosaur). Could someone tell me if
> Confuciusornis (as well as Caudipteryx and Protoarchaeopteryx) are
> considered "non-avian feathered dinosaurs" by dinosaur paleontologists. I'm
> assuming Sinosauropteryx is unequivocally a non-avian dinosaur with some kind
> of feathers. Right?
_Confuciusornis_ is avian. The rest are probably not. _Sinosauropteryx_ is
a compsognathid, _Protarchaeopteryx_ is probably a maniraptoran of some
kind, and _Caudipteryx_ may be related to oviraptorosaurs.
I think the current consensus on _Confuciusornis_'s place is:
I have also seen it placed as sister taxon to _Archaeopteryx, and at the
root of Enantiornithes, but never outside Aves.
--T. Mike Keesey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
THE DINOSAURICON <http://dinosaur.umbc.edu>