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Re: Birds of Russia and Mongolia



Zoe Heraklides wrote-

> Evgeny Kurochkin was one of the authors of the paper in *Science* that
> claimed that Longisquama's plume-like appendages were feathers (or at
least
> ancestral homologs of bird feathers). I don't actually belive it myself.
But
> it may mean that Kurochkin favors a non-dinosaurian origin of birds.

Kurochkin thinks "sauriurines" (Archaeopteryx, Jibeinia, confuciusornithids,
enantiornithines, Patagopteryx) evolved from theropods, but ornithurines did
not.  A ludicrous notion if there ever was one.

Mickey Mortimer