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Re: _Jeholornis prima_ painting (eating Ginkgo nuts?)



In a message dated Fri, 26 Jul 2002 22:17:38 +0200, aspidel@wanadoo.be writes:

> From: <MKIRKALDY@aol.com>
> 
> > The full painting has a lovely light blue background and several branches
> with delicate, potentially seed-bearing blossoms.

< They are _Ginkgoales_, aren't they? Was _Jeholornis_' beak 
strong enough to break _Ginkgoales_' nuts? >

Some of the news services said that the seeds resemble that of the gingko 
plant, but the paper says that they belong to an unknown plant group:

"The dozens of beautifully preserved ovules of unknown plant taxa in the 
stomach represents direct evidence for seed-eating adaptation in birds of the 
Mesozoic era."

Mary