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History Experts: Professor D'Arcy Thompson on Chameleons & Dinosaurs?
Something I found at the library not too long ago:
Thompson, D.W., 1886. On the systematic position of the chameleon, and its
affinities with the Dinosauria. Report of the Fifty-Fifth Meeting of the
British Association for the Advancement of Science: p. 1065.
The above citation has a very interesting title, but no absract to go with
it. This is surprising, since the previous and following papers on the page
do have absracts- O.C. Marsh on the brain size of extinct animals, and
Thompson again on the hindlimb of Ichthyosaurus, respectively. All I can
report is that the chameleon/dinosaur affinities paper was read on Monday
September 14, 1885, at the Meeting of the British Association for the
Advancement of Science held in Aberdeen.
Does anyone on this list know the nature of the "affinities" Thompson
suggested? Have dinosaurs ever been considered ancestors of modern
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