Friday, June 26, 2015

Primitive birds - Quick summary

There were pennaceous-feathered, long-bony-tailed primitive birds.
The most basal were flying (eg. scansoriopterygids, tetrapterygids).
Some later ones became secondarily flightless (eg. oviraptors, eudromaeosaurids etc).

These primitive birds have a great deal in common with pterosaurs. They evolved from pterosaurs.
These primitive birds have almost nothing in common with dinosaurs.


Oviraptor (secondarily flightless)

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