Paleo Bites


Protoavis, the First Bird

Ep. 172

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Host Matthew Donald and guest co-host Ben O’Regan discuss Protoavis, a highly controversial fossil that might disrupt the entire evolutionary line leading to birds, but also, probably not. From the Late Triassic, this 1-foot reptile might have been an early dinosaur, another type of archosaur, or something completely unrelated, but one thing it certainly was not was a bird. Even if it was the actual progenitor of the avian evolutionary line, look at this thing! It ain’t a bird yet. And probably was ain’t never gonna be. Just a reminder that I’m an English major and I’m using incorrect grammar deliberately. I get a pass.

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