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Re: Florida Meetings
In a message dated 4/22/00 2:19:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> There are several points to consider. First, this split occurred in the
> early Jurassic or late Triassic. The identity of the stem group is unclear,
> as is the nature of the taxonomic distribution. Even if we were to witness
> the event, it is unlike that the future of any of the taxa could be
> Our interpretation is from hindsight based only on contemporary biases.
> ancestor was probably small, bipedal, and without epidermal structures
> than a variety of scales.
I'm sorry, but are you suggesting that the common ancestor of birds and
dromaeosaurs *lacked* feathers, even though they are (apparently) found in