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Apparently, this was the conclusion of one of the presenters at SVP,
so perhaps there'll be a paper soon affirming this.
On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:59 AM, T. Michael Keesey wrote:
> 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
> maniraptoriform trend.
> 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
> Glendale, California