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Re: Bugs, Birds, and Biodiversity



Yes. At the heart of this is the observation that Palaeozoic ecosystems are 
very different to the 'modern' biotas of the Mesozoic. The presence of flying 
vertebrates is far from the only difference between the two.

Mark

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>>> "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@umd.edu> 06/06/2012 01:18 >>>
A major issue I have with this study (and one raised by other) is the
assumption that flying predators were (and for that matter, are even
today) the major predators of pterygotes.

One should consider many other options in this:
*Arachnid evolution and the rise and diversification of webs
*Squamate evolution (after all, lizards are major insect predators)
*Mammaliform evolution (again, small mammals are major insect predators)
*Batrachian diversification (ribbit)
*And so forth

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