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On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Tim Williams
> 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.
Or just among maniraptorans in general. Not many avians are
hypercarnivorous, either. And the sister group group of maniraptorans,
_Ornithomimosauria_, was also noncarnivorous, so it's more or less a
Never thought of that -- the feathered clade is just a little bit
larger than the multi-dieted clade.
T. Michael Keesey
Technical Consultant and Developer, Internet Technologies