You may be interested in the lecture Sir David Attenborough gave at the recent Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists meeting, dealing with those extant avian dinosaurs called the birds of paradise. Watch it here. Thanks to Dave Hone of Archosaur Musings for the tip.
Yeah, I just called birds of paradise "extant avian dinosaurs." I'm through with cautiously referring to birds as possibly being descended from dinosaurs. I mean, I've believed it for a while, but when I started this blog I wanted to avoid the appearance of being invested in it. Because let's face it, it's cool that birds are dinosaurs. And the allure of that coolness made me feel a little sketchy.
I guess I have Anchiornis to thank for the fact that I suddenly feel 100% comfortable taking a side, and I'm taking the one with the best parties: BAD. Birds are Dinosaurs. There is no point in sitting on the fence for the sake of false objectivity. Birds are derived theropod dinosaurs. Dinosaurs didn't go extinct. They adapted quite well, actually. In just under two months, Americans will feast on millions of factory farmed avian dinosaurs called "turkeys."
I'll refer to Hone again: read this.
Anchiornis huxleyi, from new species via flickr
I have my own acronym to offer up. BIRD: But I'm Really a Dinosaur!