04 March 2014
Open Source Dino-Bird
First and foremost, there is a paper on keratin immunoreactivity in Rahonavis in a 1999 JVP issue; I am not worried about talking about that one today because I do not want to. If you do want to read it it can be found on the Taylor and Francis website, however. The discussion of Rahonavis in the description and taxonomic discussion of a new dromaeosaurid from Mongolia (Mahakala omnogovae) is both open source, available online, and very, very interesting. The overall theme of the paper discusses the evolution of size prior to the advent of flight in birds. It is a topic I thoroughly enjoy, which may be why I encourage everyone to take the time to read it (open-source helps too, let's be honest).