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Re: The big story at SVP
At 3:53 PM +0200 9/25/09, Andreas Johansson wrote:
>But Feduccia is not, in the bit quoted, saying it's not a dinosaur,
>leaving a reader unfamiliar with Feduccia's views the impression that
>the writer is clarifying and/or expanding on Feduccia's views rather
>than contradicting them.
>I see in the comments that Brian Switek read it the same way as I did.
The author of the New Scientist article has posted a response with more details
"In his email, Feduccia went on to point out that Anchiornis does not have a
fully opened hip socket or acetabulum - a non-theropod feature. He concluded by
"If troodontids and dromaeosaurs such as microraptors are actually birds, then
feathers would have originated once in the group, and the four-winged condition
is primitive for Aves.""
I think there's a lot more to be said about Anchiornis, and I'd love to hear
what people who attended the Bristol talk think.
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