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> Has there ever been anything on pedomorphosis playing a role in birds
> becoming fully arboreal?
A while back, Tony Thulborn wrote something similar (though not explicitly
about arboreality). From what I remember, it was something along the lines of
the avian bodyplan arising via pedomorphosis.
Jeff Hecht wrote:
> All of which leaves us with a diverse range of little feathered dinosaurs
> closely related to birds running around the late Jurassic and early
Definitely. What's more, there's an impressive array of small (and
not-so-small) insectivorous, herbivorous, and omnivorous maniraptorans close to
the origin of birds: alvarezsaurs, therizinosaurs, oviraptorosaurs (including
_Incisivosaurus_ & _Protarchaeopteryx_), scansoriopterygids, possibly
troodontids... Among non-avian maniraptorans, the hypercarnivorous
dromaeosaurids are starting to look like the exception, not the rule.
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