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Re: Picavus litencicensis->Ideas for Short Dinosaur Presentation
Paul P <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I mean, we don't want any kiddies out there thinking that
> birds are just boring old birds and not dinosaurs.
I'm puzzled as to why this birds-are-dinosaurs (BAD) thing is such a
BFD. Birds are dinosaurs, just as bats are mammals. An emu, a
toucan, or a hummingbird are all birds. They are also dinosaurs. We
routinely refer to them as 'birds' because 'bird' is a convenient
category, especially in everyday vernacular usage.
But if we want to view birds through the prism of phylogeny, then
birds are theropod dinosaurs. Either way, birds are not boring. I
think it was Tom Holtz who said that context is important here. The
fact that birds are now recognized as a subset of theropod dinosaurs
does not stop them from being birds.