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Re: Dinosaur Genera List update #196



In a message dated 12/27/02 6:20:09 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
qilongia@yahoo.com writes:

<< But it's not about the origin of flight. *Jeholornis* and its likely
 junior synonym *Shenzhouraptor* are, despite their bony tails, more
 "avian" in their anatomy than is *Archaeopteryx*, including the sternal,
 coracoidal, and pelvic elements. The wrist and manus design are also
 similarly far advanced than *Archaeopteryx*, a design more in kin with
 *Confuciusornis*, which does not appear in the catalogue if I remember
 correctly. *Archaeovolans*, similarly, has been synonymized with
 *Yanornis* (well, its not named but the holotype with the appelation
 "Archaeoraptor" was, which Czerckas and Xu named *Archaeovolans* in an
 earlier publication which was not seen by the synonymizing authors) which
 is most likely a basal ornithurine. >>

I'm not yet convinced of any of this.