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Re: New Microraptor papers



> ///////////Distorted/Microraptor/  specimen is not
> ideal for
> understanding the origin of
> avian flight<http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/1004977107v1?etoc>
>      Jason Brougham and Stephen L.
> Brusatte
> 
> Reply to Brougham and Brusatte: Overall anatomy confirms
> posture and flight
> model offers insight into the evolution of bird flight
> <http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/1007798107v1?etoc>
>      David E. Alexander, Enpu Gong,
> Larry D. Martin, David A. Burnham,
> and Amanda
>      R. Falk

I'd rather be skeptical about its implications for the evolution of *avian* 
flight due to its phylogenetic position... it's not even avialan, and it's 
bracketed by nonvolants galore.


Regards,

Eike