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Re: Gnetophytes & Leaf Warblers

 Yesterday Darren Naish asked:

<< One of Heilmann's most famous drawings is of a group of ornithomimids 
walking around/feeding from a large plant that looks something like a 
_Welwitschia_. Is it a _Welwitschia_ and, if not, what is it? >>

       It's a safe bet it was supposed to be Welwitschia, although he 
identifies them only as "desert-plants". Interestingly, like so many other 
objects he illustrated in _The Origin of Birds_, he created a plasticene 
model of the plants first. He was one hell of an artist. DV