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Re: Shaking up the bird family tree



On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 4:28 PM, Mike Habib <habib@jhmi.edu> wrote:
> So, essentially the punch-line is that phasmids (and likely other insects,
> as well) can switch wings on and off rather easily.  For several reasons, I
> suspect the situation is less plastic in birds.  Still, an excellent point
> to raise (and a darn interesting paper, regardless).

Well, if we consider that we could induce teeth formation in chicken
beak, loss and regain of complex character do not seem to be so
impossible.

[]s,

Roberto Takata