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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> fabian Abu-Nasser
> Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 4:09 PM
> just saw the reuters news item on feathers in a non-avian dinosaur. Does
> this mean that the original archeopteryx specimen could be from a
> rather than a bird?
Actually, under modern systems of classification _Archaeopteryx_ is both a
bird and a dinosaur, just as a "flying fox" is both a bat and a mammal.
> If so does it render the name archaeopteryx
Not at all. Most importantly, names in biological nomenclature don't change
simply because of understanding of the biology of the animal changes. We
still call the early long-bodied whale _Basilosaurus_ even though it isn't a
Also, the name "_Archaeopteryx_" simply means "ancient wing", which still
applies as a good description.
Hope this helps.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax (Geol): 301-314-9661 Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-405-0796
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