Dinosaurs and birds

To: John Penhallurick <>
Subject: Dinosaurs and birds
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 18:41:43 +1000 (EST)
On Thu, 11 Oct 2001, John Penhallurick wrote:
> R eKim Sterelny's post.  I think that the sequencing of certain genes in
> nuclear DNA has indicated that birds are not descended directly from
> dinosaurs but rather that birds and dinosaurs share a common ancestor.
> John Penhallurick

Wouldn't this require dinosaur DNA?

There were was a 1994 paper in Science where they thought they had
extracted DNA from 80 million year old bone fragments.  Subsequent
work suggested they'd probably had fragments of human DNA which had
contaminated the bone fragments.  Maybe there is something recent
I've missed?

Slightly off-topic, there are recent news stories about a Qld dinosaur


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