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Originally posted by SLAYER69
If they ever created a DinoChicken and it escaped the lab and started to devour humans I say good for them.
Now where is that coupon for KFC?
Red herring or real ancestor?
There's a highly controversial fossil in the bird ancestry story. Protoavis is known from a handful of bony fragments collected from 200 million-year-old rocks in Texas. At this time the dinosaurs were just getting started and it's 50 million years before Archaeopteryx. Protoavis does have some bird-like features, but nothing that an early theropod dinosaur shouldn't have. Further, there seems to be a strong possibility that the fossils described as a single skeleton may actually belong to two or more individuals and possibly two or more species! The material is too fragmentary and ambiguous to work with so, until better material is found, most palaeontologists have set Protoavis aside.
Chicken genes help crack the dinosaur code
From The Sunday Times December 5, 2004 Chicken genes help crack the dinosaur code
SCIENTISTS have gained their best idea yet of the genetic code of dinosaurs after drawing up the first complete genome for a chicken — thought to be one of their direct descendants.
The results of a four-year, £10m-plus project to crack the genetic code of chickens will be released this week, along with a full analysis of their evolution and ancestry.