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Re: Fossil Discovery Threatens Theory of Birds' Evolution
At 05:08 PM 26/06/2000 -0400, ELurio@aol.com wrote:
Closely related? The graptolites went extinct during the Devonian.
Cephalodiscus graptolitoides is Quarternary. The time difference is immense.
So what? Time has nothing to do with degree of relationship, and certainly
lothing to do with extent of evolutionary divergence. There are animals
living today belonging to the same GENUS as Devonian animals (eg the
brachiopod Lingula); even among vertebrates, the Australian lungfish is
very closely related to the Devonian genus Ceratodus. Anyway, if Dilly is
right and graptolites are pterobranchs then they did NOT go extinct in the
Devonian, merely dropped out of the fossil record.
Even if either you or I am right in this debate, the fact still remains that
Logismama(sic) and any dinosaur are a thousand times more closely related
than graptolites and Cephalodiscus graptolitoides.
Not according to Dilly, who is an authority on such matters. He considers
them very closely related indeed, and unless you have some facts to justify
your statement you will forgive me if I take the opinion of a scientist
working directly with these organisms in the field and laboratory in
preference to yours.
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