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Re: new paper

Stephen Pickering (StephanPickering@cs.com) speculates:

<Dr Jang's work causes one to speculate: could the small feathered taxa
have been omnivorous: fruits, flowers, insects?>

  Unlikely ... the teeth of the forms in question tend to be more
specialized in most cases. Only in *Microraptor* and *Sinovenator* do the
teeth approach anything like phylodont dentition for the purposes of
rendering plants. *Sinornithosaurus* was quite carnivorous with long and
blade-like lateral teeth; so does *Protarchaeopteryx*. *Caudipteryx* and
*Protarchaeopteryx* have elongated mesial teeth, and these appear to form
a semblance of a "hook" and have rendering capabilities ... as in flesh.

Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

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