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Re: Theropod herbivory - parallel evolution or one clade?



Jeff Hecht wrote:

If the ancestral forms were omnivores, wouldn't they be more likely to be climbing trees to get fruits and seeds than to eat leaves?

Couldn't agree more, Jeff. _Jeholornis_/_Shenzhouraptor_ was certainly a seed eater. The same may be true for the probable troodontid _Jinfengopteryx_, depending upon what those "oval structures" are in the gastral basket, described as "reddish yellow" in color (?orange).


It's interesting to note that the Yixian includes early flowering plants as well as birds and feathered climbers like Microraptor.

Yep.

Cheers

Tim

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