Dinosaur to Bird Theory Ruffles Feathers

Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 11 2005

But most authorities on dinosaurs will tell you these creatures’ direct descendents strut, screech and squawk among us today — as birds. In fact, an entry on theropods from the Web site of the University of California, Berkeley’s Museum of Paleontology attests that “recent studies have conclusively shown that birds are actually the descendants of small, non-flying theropods.”

However, a study in the October issue of the Journal of Morphology suggests that theory may be, well, for the birds.

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