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Re: Feduccia's delusion

In a message dated 11/30/01 6:14:49 PM, Dinogeorge@aol.com writes:

<< Leave us not forget that fringe group who regard dinosaurs as birds, 
dinosaurs fall into the stem group of all animals more closely related to 
modern birds than to modern crocodiles, which are modern birds' closest 
relatives. This is, of course, the most interesting and the historically 
earliest way of conceiving of bird-dinosaur relationships. >>

Why is that a fringe? If you imagine a feathered dromeosaur, then you'd get a 
really nasty ostrich. Overpators would look like birds, not dinosaurs. It 
makes more sense to imagine them as birds. As for other theropods, sauropods 
and orthnipods, that's another story all together.

eric l.