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Re: Terrible new paper
Mickey Mortimer wrote:
Anyway, it's clear that recent discoveries like Cryptovolans and
gui prove dromaeosaurs were feathered.
Oh Mickey, you are behind the times. Get with the program, dude. Haven't
you heard: _Cryptovolans_ and _Microraptor_ are really birds. The Theropoda
is diphyletic, and feathered theropods (e.g., _Cryptovolans_, _Microraptor_,
_Protarchaeopteryx_, _Caudipteryx_) aren't theropods at all. Birds and
feathered dromaeosaurs belong to a group called the "Maniraptora", which
evolved from thecodonts independent of true theropods (ceratosaurs,
allosaurs, tyrannosaurs, etc). Czerkas and co. recently put forward this
brilliant theory, and I think we are going to here a lot about it in the
near future, especially from ... well, you know who.
All sarcasm aside, the paper by Lingham-Soliar is twaddle.
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