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Re: the first bird

On 8/28/05, Ian Paulsen <birdbooker@zipcon.net> wrote:
> HI:
>  IF Archaeopteryx isn't really the first bird ancestor then what would a
> Protoavis (first bird) look like?

It would have looked like _Archaeopteryx_.

_Protoavis_, incidentally, is a real taxon (although possibly a
chimera of non-avialan parts)."Proavis" is the term coined(?) by
Heilman for the hypothetical bird ancestor (although he considered it

—Mike Keesey