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Author Topic:   Transitional forms in existence today
Dr Adequate
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Message 61 of 62 (624289)
07-17-2011 3:52 AM
Reply to: Message 59 by Dr Jack
07-16-2011 5:58 AM


Re: Interpretation
Quite so. I don't mean to imply that Archaeopteryx, for example, is a direct ancestor of modern birds. Even if it was, we wouldn't know it.

(Actually, I'm of the opinion that it almost certainly wasn't, because it has no uncinate processes on its ribs.)


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Message 62 of 62 (624290)
07-17-2011 3:54 AM
Reply to: Message 60 by pandion
07-17-2011 2:31 AM


Re: Interpretation
If you take away the feathers, it takes an expert to distinguish between the dinosaur Compsognathus and the bird Archaeopteryx.

I think the forelimbs are a bit of a giveaway. But apart from that, yes.


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