[Taxacom] Gansus fossils overly hyped?

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 16 14:16:57 CDT 2006

     Glad to see Clarke got in a plug for her fossil genus Vegavis, but it 
is an Anseriform (neognath).  The common ancestor of all living birds would 
have been more like a paleognath and probably terrestrial (unlike either 
Gansus or Vegavis).

     A better model would be a proto-tinamou (similar to modern tinamous, 
but stronger fliers).  As for fossils, Lithornithidae would be closer than 
either Gansus or Vegavis.

>From: Barry Roth <barry_roth at yahoo.com>
>To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
>Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Gansus fossils overly hyped?
>Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 10:58:19 -0700 (PDT)
>The San Francisco Chronicle's story on the subject contains 
>counterbalancing views of some other paleontologists:
>   Barry Roth
>Ken Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com> wrote:
>   Dear All,
>Finally, publication on a fantastic find of nearly complete fossils of
>the Cretaceous bird Gansus. However, to say that this amphibious waterfowl
>is a good model for the ancestor of modern birds is a very risky
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