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>As a newcomer to the forum I'd like to know more about _Mononykus_. (Or has
>that argument come and gone preceding my signing on?) I'm looking froward
>especially to any new thoughts or observations not previously covered by the
>AMNH guys. (Jump in Greg and George!)
>I'd like to know:
>What is the place of _Mononykus_ in theropoda, if not closer to living birds
So far, the only published cladogram incorporating Mononykus are the Perle
et al. ones (and, just so this mistake doesn't continue, the proper citation
by a paper with Perle Altangerel in it is "Perle 199X", not "Altangerel
199X"). Until someone conducts a new analysis incorporating additional taxa
and/or characters, other suppositions are just suppositions. As far as I
know, no one else has yet published a phylogenetic analysis with Mononykus.
Of course, all that will probably change in November...
>What was the use of the foreclaws?
There is a graduate student at Yale who is working on this particular
problem. I don't know what her hypotheses are yet.
Suggestions I've heard so far are: 1) burrowing (seems way too small for
that); 2) prying open bark to get at insects (not bad, but kind of odd for a
desert beast); or 3) preening feathers. I'm sure others can post additional
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742