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RE: Microraptor hanqingi, new species from China.
I thought you were going to note that the Archaeopteryx sample showed a large
spread, a lot of morphological diversity for one genus. In both Glen and
Bennett 2007 and the Gatesy/Middleton paper Archaeopteryx had big spreads.
The clustering of these basal paravians within, not outside of, ground birds
was reconfirmed by a large multivariate analysis: Dececchi and Larsson 201,
Assessing Arboreal Adaptations of Bird Antecedents:Testing the Ecological
Setting of the Origin of the Avian Flight Stroke, PloS one vol 6 issue 8 e22292
Given that those modern bird you name, are all *groups* of birds, I completely
expect that they'd be a bad comparison with *A. lithographica*. (If you were to
use that, as it, you wouldn't be comparing apples with lemons, you're comparing
apples with citruses (or apples with fruits))