WHY ORNITHOLOGISTS SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE THEROPOD ORIGIN OF BIRDS

@inproceedings{Prum2002WHYOS,
  title={WHY ORNITHOLOGISTS SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE THEROPOD ORIGIN OF BIRDS},
  author={Richard O. Prum},
  year={2002}
}
OVER THE LAST 25 years, few topics in systematics and paleontology have been as divisively debated as the origin of birds (Padian and Chiappe 1998; Feduccia 1999a, b; Dalton 2000). For most of the middle of the twentieth century, G. Heilmann’s (1926) monumental analysis of the topic reigned unchallenged. Heilmann established definitively that birds are members of the Archosauria (the large reptilian clade that also includes crocodiles, pterosaurs, and dinosaurs). But Heilmann was unable to… 

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