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re: Pterosaur origins again, Hone and Benton 2007
1. And your mention of a -supermatrix- that brings pterosaurs in line with
Ornithodires sounds great! As long as squamates of some genus or another
are included and we can dismiss that possibility once and for all. We're
all looking forward to a head-to-toe account of character parsimony that
exceeds all prior efforts. Does that also mean pterosaurs are also
digitigrade occasional bipeds? -- joining digitigrade bipedal basal crocs
and dinos? If so, isn't that a configuration problem? Also nice to know
those tiny lateral fingers and toes will somehow become hypertrophied.
that'd be...irony, right?
people used to think birds evolved from crocs....and now we may be on the
verge of confirming that the croc family gave rise to pterosaurs?
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