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Re: A Word on ABSRD


I agree with 90% of what you say. Personally, I would be thrilled if birds evolved in the Triassic and that many (?most) of the ground-dwelling maniraptorans (tyrannosaurs, oviraptorosaurs, the whole box and dice) are their secondarily flightless descendents. But the birds did NOT evolve from _Megalancosaurus_. That is the point of ABSRD.

I?m sure Feduccia and Martin are wonderful people, and they sure keep the theropod experts honest. I just have some queries about their methodology. Far be it from me to lump respected scientists in with crackpot pseudoscientists - basically I was using the example of phrenology to highlight the folly of pummeling facts to fit a theory.

Anyway, thanks for your comments!



Timothy J. Williams

USDA/ARS Researcher
Agronomy Hall
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50014

Phone: 515 294 9233
Fax:   515 294 3163

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