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Re: Tinamous: living dinosaurs

I would be very nervous about doing this.  We have no idea if paternal care is 
basal character or simply a common feature (symplesiomorph?) of ratites.  
Ratites are still neornithine birds, and there is a lot of intervening 
between them and maniraptorians.  I would be reluctant to assume that any 
behavioural characteristic of ratites not associated with large size or 
flightlessness is any more likely to be a basal feature than  the behavioural 
characteristics of any other ground-living bird (such as a lyrebird, for 

 Ronald Orenstein
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Mississauga, ON L5L 3W2

----- Original Message ----
From: Jason Brougham <jaseb@amnh.org>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Fri, June 24, 2011 10:17:27 AM
Subject: Tinamous: living dinosaurs

I put up a  new blog post about Tinamous, and how they are underexploited
as models for extrapolations about the biology of extinct maniraptorans.
Since their egg brooding behavior is comparable to Troodon and
oviraptorids, can we infer that the behavior between the father and the
chicks was the same also?


Jason Brougham
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