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dinosaur phylogeny and Greek mythology
If we assume for a moment that Dinogeorge is correct in his longstanding claim
regarding the relationship between birds and dinosaurs, then an interesting
parallel can be drawn between dinosaurs and birds, on the one hand, and the
legend of Icarus and Daedalus on the other. Icarus and Daedalus were a father
and son team who fled imprisonment on Minos by flying away from the island on
manmade wings. Daedalus, the father, escaped successfully, while Icarus, his
son, flew too close to the sun and fell to his death when the wax holding the
Relating this to dinosaurs and birds: the "Daedalus clade" could include all
those archosaurs that permanently or temporarily developed flight capability.
Nestled within this would be another "Icarus clade", consisting of those
archosaurs that had developed flight but had subsequently abandoned it for a
return to a terrestrial existence (that is, had "fallen back to earth").
Interestingly, and consistent with the legend and with Dinogeorge's theory,
those archosaurs that were secondarily flightless eventually perished like the
son Icarus, while the successful flyers survived like the father Daedalus.
Something for the group to muse about.
James M. Norton, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
University of New England
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