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Re: NY times opinion
Howard Zimmerman (via John Hutchinson) wrote:
Since the geographic strata in which the fossils were found are about 125
million years old, this animal could not have been the progenitor of the
Mr Obvious says: Golly, he's right!
(However, the fact that _Microraptor_ belongs near the base of the sister
group to birds might accord it some relevance to the origin of avian
The line of thought this fossil might support is that feathers evolved at
least twice, once in birds and again in dinosaurs.
I'm bewildered as how _Microraptor_ and its arrangement of feathers could
support that particular line of thought. Then again, my head is still
spinning after being told that dromaeosaurs aren't really theropods after
all. I think it's coz dromaeosaurs have feathers, and feathers (as we all
know) should be treated differently to all other characters...
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