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Re: ARE ORNITHOPODS BORING?
> Errm... the evolution of carpal spurs and knobs, extreme pugnacity and
> territoriality, nest parasitism, creching behaviour, parental carrying of
> young both in the water and (!) in the air, monogamous pair-bonding,
> underwater copulation and the (?)reinvention of the penis, major
> sexual variation in tracheal structure, grass-eating and 20-minute gut
> carrying time, niche partitioning according to intestine size, carrion
> feeding on Subantarctic islands, the evolution of fern-eating, island
> giantism, island dwarfism, crepuscularity, serrated bill margins, filter
> feeding with buccal lamellae, deep-diving, species where males are
> flightless but females flighted, coevolution of browsing forms with
> spiky lobelioideaens, repeated increases and decreases in body size
> during phylogeny, the annual transportation of TONNES of sand... and,
> pant pant pant, quacking.
> How *ON EARTH* can ducks be boring?????
I miss something here... the mihirung (Dromornithidae), giant flightless
birds of Eocene -- Pleistocene Australia, which were just found out to be
_carnivorous ducks_, with enormous beaks much like *Gastornis* ("*Diatryma*").
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