Category Archives: Bird evolution

Ornithoscelida. Note to Matt Baron on Baron et al.

Hi Matt Baron, Nice to see your work, because it shows what happens in a divergence investigation when you exclude types that lived too long afterwards, which had accumulated numerous interfering irrelevant characters. This is something I’d advocated on forums … Continue reading

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Brussatte’s Pseudoscience in Science 2017

Brussatte continues to occupy a position supposed to be used by a scientist, and has been allowed to write yet another piece of rubbish in Science. He’s commented further on it in Phys.org. What a mess. To understand the evolution … Continue reading

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Sparrows had parrots’ feet

It’s a measure of how unreliable family trees are when they’re calculated using just bone shapes, that the method never revealed that the parrot and sparrow groups were sisters. Gerald Mayr’s new paper on the two groups and their feet, … Continue reading

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Yi qi Solved. Gee and Padian Judged.

What happens if you can’t deal with scientific novelty, but you’re paid to pretend you can… and then a big lump drops on you? At the end we’ll see what Henry Gee and Kevin Padian managed to do, without their making … Continue reading

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On Heers’ inclined plane work on evolution of birds and their flight, and further comments

Audobon posted on Heers’ work rationalising the Inclined Plane theory of the evolution of bird flight – a version of the “Ground up” theory, which is physically impossible and not surprisingly shows no signs of being recapitulated to any extent … Continue reading

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Comments on Carl Zimmer’s reporting of feather evolution

I posted Feather Genes Surprisingly Early – But Misinterpreted before reading Zimmer’s write-up of the same paper. I’ll add a minor comment on his contribution here, just as I posted a more major comment on his feather commentary of 2011. … Continue reading

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Feather Genes Surprisingly Early – But Misinterpreted

An interesting paper… Feather development genes and associated regulatory innovation predate the origin of Dinosauria by Craig B. Lowe, Julia A. Clarke, Allan J. Baker, David Haussler, Scott V. Edwards. MBE Advance Access published November 18, 2014 Society for Molecular … Continue reading

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