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Dragons on Animal Planet March 20
Of course this is not quite on-topic, but the creators of "Walking With
Dinosaurs" are taking on dragons in a program which will be called (what
Of interest to our list is the take that bipedal dragons inhabited the
Cretaceous and evolved into flying dragons by the Late Cretaceous. I
suppose you'll have to watch the show to learn how we got four legged
dragons with wings, requiring the addition of two appendages to the
traditional tetrapod model. Do dragons constitute a monophyletic taxon?
See the show to find out.
It looks like a fun show, but paleontologists and docents should brace
themselves, as spectators of this material may require debriefings to set
them straight on certain aspects of the fossil record.
--------Ralph W. Miller III