Breaking news: birds are not dinosaurs? Balderdash.
How did this get published in the Journal of Ornithology
? How seriously can I take this respected journal from now on?
Basically, Feduccia and Czerkas, long time Birds Are Not Dinosaurs advocates, write this:
• We can see what you cannot see when we look at fossils with my amazing equipment (but we won't show you).
(the famous possibly woodpecker-like dinosaur discovered in 2000), is not a dinosaur; it is a bird.
• There is a speciose sister clade to dinosaurs, entirely convergent with dinosaurs, from which birds arose.
That birds are maniraptorans, meaning that they belong to one particular subset of dinosaurs which also includes genera like Velociraptor
, has all the anatomical evidence you could get. The Journal
and the science journalists who lapped this up should know that.
via +Marko Bosscher