My fellow Nature Blogger, Christopher Taylor (a taxonomist in
training - likely to become a famous one, I am guessing) has posted an
interesting message about "A New Stem-Bird and Publication in the Digital
It sound dry as dust, but it is indeed interesting stuff (and well
He has a link to the original web publication which is entitled:
"A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate
The Abstract concludes: "This finding shows that a member of the avialan
lineage experimented with integumentary ornamentation as early as the
Middle-Late Jurassic, and provides further evidence relating to this important
aspect of the transition from non-avian theropods to birds."
I translate that to mean, that there is yet another link in the chain
between "dinosaurs" (not a precise usage of the term, but I'm sure you get my
meaning) and birds.