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



In a message dated 6/24/00 1:14:25 PM EST, jeffmartz@earthlink.net writes:

<< Where are the fossils of the middle-late Jurassic dinobirds that
 immediately proceeded Archaeopteryx?  >>

There are only eight fossils of Archaeopteryx that have ever been discovered. 
Surely you don't think that there were only eight individuals of 
Archaeopteryx that ever lived? Where are all the hundreds of thousands of 
other Archaeopteryx individuals that formed its population? That's where 
you'll find the fossils of the middle-late Jurassic dinobirds that were 
Archaeopteryx's close relatives. 

Come on, man! Arguing that if something is absent from the fossil record then 
it didn't ever exist is hogwash, and you know it. Where there is a single 
specimen, there must have been a population; and where there was a 
population, there must have been a lineage, and closely related species. 
Archaeopteryx is a nice example of a dinobird; there certainly were other 
kinds during the Jurassic and earlier, from which Archaeopteryx evolved and 
which doubtless resembled Archaeopteryx in many ways.