If the Speculative Dinosaur Project had been open for dinosauroids, this is what you most probably would have seen. The middle one, that is.
We already had the carpos, secondarily flightless relatives of Confuciusornis
with fully functional opposable manual digits that had adapted into a monkey-like climbing lifestyle. Then Dan came up with the idea of a "terracarpo", a carpo that like early hominids had evolved to survive on the ground in the African savanna. The creature on the left represents that stage.
I decided to run with the idea and take it to its logical endpoint by creating a sapient carpo as a sort of "Spec human". I tried to give it the proportions of a super-brainy omnivorous runner of the savanna, with weaker jaws than its predecessor because it had figured how to cook its food.
Obviously this would never be accepted in Spec, so I decided to play with the concept further. Trying to channel nemo-ramjet
style no-holds-barred speculative creativity I went for an avian creature as human-like as possible. Humans are the naked ape, so I had the anthropavian lose almost all of its feathers so that it would have to wear clothes too. If you think it looks freaky, I agree, but this is what you get when you forcibly evolve a bird into a human. (I know that some American comics have space humans
that supposedly evolved from birds, but don't actually have any anatomical avian traits apart from feathers. They're doing it wrong.)