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Re: Oviraptor

>From: Stang1996@aol.com
 > The top two skulls have been assigned to the species
 > philoceratops, yet one has a small bump in the nasal region[hook-nose],
 > while the other has a large crest [axe-nose].
 >  So, what's the deal?  is hook-nose another species, or was it prepared
 > wrong?  Which skull has priority over philoceratops?

You left out one very good possiblity: a gender-based difference.
The one with the large crest could be the male, and the one with
the bumb could be the female.

Actually, there is even another possibility - growth phases.
The one with the small bump could be a juvenile (look at the
difference between juvenile and adult Corythosaurus - the
juveniles used to be placed in a different *genus*, Prochenosaurus).

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