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Re: Tinamous: living dinosaurs

Point well taken. We should all remind ourselves that the balance of evidence 
can be easily upset by new discoveries.

Nonetheless, three samples that all agree is real evidence, and not to be 
disregarded either.


On Jun 27, 2011, at 1:22 PM, Don Ohmes wrote:

> On 6/27/2011 12:40 PM, Jason Brougham wrote:
>> Let me put it this way: if you HAD to reconstruct the brooding of a non - 
>> avian maniraptoran now, wouldn't it be safest to go with the paternal - only 
>> brooding model? Anything else would be pure speculation.
> Assuming momentarily that there is a King, and further assuming that He has 
> recently been taken on a tour of the Past by a friendly alien with a Time 
> Machine, and now wishes to test His Ministers of Paleontology against Reality 
> with an eye toward a weeding-out of the frothier types -- yes, a 
> paternal-only model might be the safest bet. Betting that all non-avian 
> maniraptorans followed that or any other single model would not be a risk I 
> cared to take, however...

Jason Brougham
Senior Principal Preparator
American Museum of Natural History
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