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Re: PALEONEWS:High-flying dinosaur's wings clipped
SMH-Australian: High-flying dinosaur's wings clipped
more on the Archeoraptor mess
It's the exact same article that was published in Britain's _Guardian_.
It states: "Until that point, the most widespread theory was that birds
evolved separately from and parallel to dinosaurs, from a common reptilian
ancestor that roamed the earth over 250m years ago. These
were small lizard-like animals that climbed trees and evolved feathers
specifically for flight. A contradictory theory had emerged, according to
which birds were direct descendants of larger, upright dinosaurs such as the
velociraptors in the Spielberg film, but the Chinese fossils were the first
real challenge to the orthodox view."
It was? Silly me, I thought somebody called John Ostrom offered a pretty
good challenge 30 years ago. I had no idea that the notion of a theropod
ancestry for birds was so unorthodox. Thank goodness I have the press to
set me straight.
As Arthur Daley's nemesis, Detective Sergeant Chisholm, once said, the only
thing I believe in a newspaper is the date.
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