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Re: Question on Anchiornis huxleyi
NOTE: I had said, and Tim followed, by saying they had the MORPHOTYPE of
the ancestor. This is entirely different from saying "were the populations
from which X is directly derived", i.e., actual ancestors.
There are minor differences between them, yes, but all share a number of
generalized paravian traits in common at the same body size.
On Mon, June 24, 2013 10:54 pm, Mark Pauline wrote:
Of course no one is suggesting that Aurornis, Anchiornis, or Xiaotingia are
ancestral to Avialae or Dromaeosauridae, as all of the recent phylogenies
I am aware
of show these animals evolving after those nodes. You two must just mean
may retain different aspects of that hypothetical ancestor.
From: Tim Williams <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: Question on Anchiornis huxleyi
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Ultimately it is far less significant to resolve
> whether Archaeopteryx &/or Anchiornis &/or Aurornis &/or Xiaotingia &/or
> avialians or basal deinonychosaurs or so forth. Instead we should
> very likely homed in on the morphotype which gave rise to both the
> and the bird-line.
I couldn't agree more. Alas, while the morphotype of this
dromaeosaurid/bird ancestor is being nailed down, the ecotype is still
open to vigorous debate. Was this ancestral form terrestrial or
arboreal? Did fly, or not fly? Was it a predator, or a herbivore,
or both (omnivore)?
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