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Re: New Bird Fossils
I'd attribute the whole thing to a slow news day.
On Wed, 08 Mar 2006 08:41:28 +1000 email@example.com writes:
> On Tue, 07 Mar 2006 22:16:47 +0800, Christopher Taylor wrote
> > I'm rather doubtful about the validity of the whole story, to be
> > The general state of vertebrate fossils in New Zealand in general
> > particularly fragmentary, and the chance of anything being
> > well enough to retain integument would be somewhere between
> > and none.
> > I'm quite prepared to eat my words once the paper is published
> > in a respectable journal, but until then....
> The (very) amateur palaeontologist identified it as a 'pteredon' on
> the basis
> of the long bony tail alone. If you are willing to accept the
> that some birds in the past actually HAD long bony tails, then you
> remove the
> necessity of classifying it as a 'pteredon' (whatever THAT is).
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS / Archaeologist http://heretichides.soffiles.com
> Melbourne, Australia http://www.geocities.com/dannsdinosaurs