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Re: Status of _Caudipteryx_
In a message dated 12/31/00 3:31:15 PM, NJPharris@aol.com writes:
<< In a message dated 12/30/00 7:28:10 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> The chemical evidence shows that colugos are closer to fruit bats than to
> anything else, and are thus a good model for what we are talking about. A
> whale doesn't have any of the equipment to evolve flight, like say, a
> squirrel, and a colugo does.
The DNA evidence on this point is equivocal, to say the least. See, for
--Nick P. >>
I'm not so sure that it is....I mean they accept the, and I quote here:
"The hippo + whale clade is formally named Whippomorpha, in honor of John
Gatsey et al.'s whimsical term "whippo"."
Which after all requires a time machine. Whales predate hippos by thirty
million years, and their immediate ancestors by at least fifteen.....but
that's kind of off-topic.