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Re: Evidence For a Feathered Velociraptor...

I'm pretty sure that a number of cenozoic birds had teeth. Google is confirming that, but having trouble coughing up details.

If other dinosaurs had wishbones and quill knobs, maybe they had more morphological similarities to birds.

If flighted dinosaurs who were not birds lost flight but maintained quill knobs and other morphological traits thought to be unique to birds, then I'd say there was alot of parallel evolution going on - or maybe simply broader evolution.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX
----- Original Message ----- From: "David Marjanovic" <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: Evidence For a Feathered Velociraptor...

All known Cenozoic birds share a number of unique weirdnesses, for example -- off the top of my head! -- 15-upwards sacral vertebrae, a bony bridge over a tendon at the foot end of the shinbone, a complete lack of teeth (that's not unique, but it's unique compared to the close relative *Ichthyornis*), and probably dozens of others that must be hidden in huge studies like the recent one by Livezey & Zusi.

What I'm saying is that if a number of lines of dinosaurs were structured
exactly like birds and were fully flighted, this supports the idea that
modern birds may not all be of one lineage.


- wouldn't that amount of convergence be a bit improbable?

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