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Re: another dumb question: Terror Birds are not dinosaurs?


If this helps, you can trace some of the character evolution from the base
of Dinosauria to Aves (modern birds) on my class website:


(I'm actually upgrading these this summer, so the version in the Fall will
be modified. Also, I have obviously had to simplify this because it is for
a 100-level class).

> Oh, thank you  David! THAT'S the kind of thing I really wanted to know.
> We hear so much about how dinosaurs and birds share many morphological
> traits, but the differences -- as  you listed, of those we hear of not
> so much...
> Paula

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