June 12, 2009

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Discovery raises new doubts about dinosaur-bird links (Bio-Medicine.org, 6/9/2009)

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental new discovery about how birds breathe and have a lung capacity that allows for flight and the finding means it's unlikely that birds descended from any known theropod dinosaurs.

The conclusions add to other evolving evidence that may finally force many paleontologists to reconsider their long-held belief that modern birds are the direct descendants of ancient, meat-eating dinosaurs, OSU researchers say.

"It's really kind of amazing that after centuries of studying birds and flight we still didn't understand a basic aspect of bird biology," said John Ruben, an OSU professor of zoology.


...amazing that their ideology led them down a blind alley...

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 12, 2009 11:51 AM
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