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RE: More on Argentavis



> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Paula Goodman
>
> I came across this article on ostriches as being neotonous
> http://ror.reproduction-online.org/cgi/reprint/1/2/78.pdf
> "neotony and the thyroid in ratites"
> It leaves me wondering what kind of terrifying creature would fledge 
> out of an ostrich if we gave it thyroid...

Experiment has already been done. Fictionally, that is. What you get is roc, or 
something darn near equivalent:

Larry Niven's 1970 short story "Bird in the Hand". Most recently collected in 
the compilation _Rainbow Mars_.

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