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RE: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 12:18:34 +1000
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Subject: Re: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
> Jason Brougham <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I am troubled that you dismiss any comparison between the function of basal
> > paravians and modern birds because the former have long necks and legs.
> Again, that's not actually what I said. I was speaking to the overall
> bauplan. Paravians like _Archaeopteryx_ or _Microraptor_ were
> cursors; the proportions and ranges of motion at the joints reflect
and our own ancestors had arboreal bauplans...they didn't drop out of the
trees with the feet of Moderns; like Paravians, our ancestors initially had to
make do with the bauplans they had, even in the new habitat.
> > The former retain long bony tails, of course, but it's not clear that basal
> > paravians would have had important functional differences from
> > phasianids like peacocks with much heavier and longer masses of feathers on
> > their tails. If turkeys and peacocks aren't close enough to basal paravians
> > for you to serve as analogs,
> > then no animal alive on earth today is, so no analogs can be cited.
> Turkeys and peacocks are poor analogs for basal paravians.
Then what is a great analog for basal paravians?
We would like to know...wouldn't that help a conversation immensely, for us to
share a common agreed-upon analogy?