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Re: Did non-avian dinosaurs guard nests?
On Thu, 23 Oct 1997, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> We can't "know" that it isn't convergent, just as we can't "know" that the
> feathers of crows are homologous to feathers in ravens (to pick an extreme
> example). In evolutionary biology, similar derived features are assumed a
> priori to be homologuous, and the concordance of distribution of other data
> will support or reject an hypothesis of homology. In this case, given the
> known distribution of this trait among living amniotes, it is more simply
> explained by a single evolutionary event (at the base of Archosauria) rather
> than two (once each for Crocodylia and for Aves) or more often (e.g., once
> for gavials, once for crocodylids, once for alligatorids, once for tinamous,
> once for ratites, once for neognaths).
This makes sense. And thank you for such a lucid account of this