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Re: Greg Paul is right (again); or "Archie's not a birdy"... but Jeholornis is (not!)
In a message dated 8/5/11 2:17:33 PM, email@example.com writes:
<< No, Jeholornis isn't a bird. Niether are enantiornithines. None of
them are near the crown. They're just protobirds which better
approximate actual birds as they approach the crown group. >>
Oh, piddle paddle. If it's a dinosaur with wings (or whose ancestor had
them) and a short tail its a bird. Sapeornis, Confuciusornis, Ichthyornis and
Hesperornis were all boids. Whether they were in Aves is another matter, but
they were birds. If it looks like a bird then its a bird. So I'll be damned
if I am not going to call them protobirds that being appropriate for long
tailed fliers and long tailed neoflightless taxa.
Now usually when a subject drifts away from the original topic I object to
the heading retaining the same title. But for some reason I cannot quite put
my finger on I like that this particular subject heading has not changed.
Exactly why eludes me but its is such a superb title. May it enjoy a long