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FW: Of course nonavian dinosaurs could fly - duh

But it is kinda nice to start getting some confirmation on this ..... finally!! 
(Hopefuly it's legit) --dale
> Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:01:31 -0400
> From: GSP1954@aol.com
> To: vrtpaleo@usc.edu; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Of course nonavian dinosaurs could fly - duh
> Who could have predicted it? The mainstream, cladistic based consensus saw 
> the origin of dinosaur-avian flight as a fairly simple affair with nonavian, 
> nonflying, ground running Jurassic theropods learning to fly via 
> Archaeopteryx type birds from the ground up. So now we have an apparently 
> arboreal, 
> sickle-clawed deinonychosaur with airfoils from earlier than Archaeopteryx, 
> with the implication that latter nonvolant deinonychosaurs were secondarily 
> flightless? Yes, who could have predicted such a thing? 
> Oh, that's right, I DID! Starting back in 84 in the Mesozoic Terrestrial 
> Ecosystems Symposium volume, in 88 in PDW, and 02 in DA. Was not really that 
> hard, evolution normally being a complex series of events. No one should be 
> surprised. 
> So let's not have the standard simplistic press/media stories about how 
> this is all so surprising and no one could have or did think of it. 
> Since someone did. 
> GSPaul
> www.gspauldino.com
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