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Re: Microraptor ate birds

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 7:57 PM, Erik Boehm <erikboehm07@yahoo.com> wrote:
> - I still want to know if "wings" are ancestral to dromeosaurs- are 
> microaptors wings a case of parallel evolution, or were wings present at the 
> split from birds and dromeosaurs?
> Its a particularly attractive idea to me for some reason (ie: I want it to be 
> true, I admit my bias)

Seeing as wings are present outside of Eumaniraptora (in
oviraptorosaurs like Caudipteryx and Protarchaeopteryx), it's a pretty
good bet that wings were present in the eumaniraptoran ancestor.

T. Michael Keesey