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Re: Ancestors and descendants (story for Nick)
I must have missed one of Dr. Kinman's posts, but Jaime Headden supplied the
> <With all these derived features, we can hardly call
> this a dinosaur even if it does share some features
> with them. This bird beastie has been doing some
> serious evolving.>
It looks like we have some preconceived notions about what a dinosaur should
look like, don't we, Dr. Kinman?
Indeed, all those wonderful bird beasties have been doing lots of evolving.
In doing so they have hugely expanded the structural, behavioral, and
ecologial range of theropod dinosaurs, but *they have not left that range*:
birds are a subset of dinosaurian existence, and thus they should be part of
our concept of what it means to be a dinosaur.