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Re: "Feathery fossil shows birds aren't dinosaurs"



In a message dated 6/22/00 3:57:35 PM EST, MKIRKALDY@aol.com writes:

<< ``These are some amazing fossils, and at the very least they prove that 
feathers did not evolve in dinosaurs,'' John Ruben, an Oregon State 
University professor of zoology, said in a statement. ``The supposed link 
between dinosaurs and birds is pretty entrenched in paleontology, but it's 
not as solid as the public has been led to believe.''  >>

Unfortunately, these workers overlooked or discarded without consideration 
the very real possibility that Longisquama is itself a very primitive small 
theropod, not merely an archosaur--belonging to the sister group of 
herrerasaurian and more advanced theropods. Don't know why they so 
desperately want dinosaurs to be unrelated to birds.