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RE: on Gastornis
You're right Ian, that's a pretty casual mess up after doing so much good
Dr Tütken et al. did calcium / oxygen isotope ratio work on Gastornis bone to
demonstrate that it had an herbivorous diet:
But in the last sentence they seem to have taken Gastornis for a member of the
Phorusrhacidae ("terror birds"), which were not related. Gastornis is
putatively assigned to the Anseriformes, not the Cariamae at all.
Good work spotting that.
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] on behalf of Ian Paulsen
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 6:20 PM
Subject: on Gastornis
I saw this article:
and was wondering if Gastornis is really classified as a "terror bird"?
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