Category Archives: The Secret Dinobird Story

The Christmas Vodrom Takes Wing!

It’s funny how things get started. But how could a thing like this happen.. and what is it?! This episode happened and was written-up around the Christmas of last year, which is why it has to appear today, to avoid … Continue reading

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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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Defending David Attenborough: Groupism And Incompetence

“If you can’t ride two horses at once you shouldn’t be in the bloody circus!” (Jim Callahan; Prime Minister). “Evidence is those observations not well explained by a theory, or not as well explained by one theory as by another.” … Continue reading

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On Mickey Mortimer’s Chilesaurus “Hmmm”

Dinosaurs that make you go “Hmmm”… MM has found the extreme instability of cladistic placements for something called Chilesaurus, intriguing. He seems to be thinking: if its place in the tree is so all over the place, how can you … 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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Bird Tree 2014 e.g. Jarvis et al. – Xmas? It Certainly Is!

On the latest revelations on modern bird relationship, using genetic data, published via here and here… After the landmark bird family tree analysis in 2008 by Hackett et al., two main questions seemed particularly prominent to me, and were treated … Continue reading

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Not Through bird bones; & Parrot- not Polly- phyletic raptors

Open letter to Chris Packham following episode 12 of The Wonder Of Animals – Birds Of Prey Hi Chris – Great series. I caught about half of it but will watch it all again eventually. It taught viewers including me … Continue reading

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