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Re: Re: Archie bones



>>Despite the statement about solid bones in Archaeopteryx showing up again
>>and again in ornithology texts (and creationist tracts!), there is no
>>evidence that the bones of Archie are solid.  No one is going to let me prep
>>open the bones to prove this, but by phylogenetic inference (in either BAAM
>>or BCF!), the bones of Archaeopteryx are expected to be hollow.
>
>Could we subject one of the specimens to a cat-scan or x-ray to see what's on
the inside?
>

CAT scans were tried of the skull, and showed some details, but (if I
remember correctly) the properties of the lithographic limestone relative to
the bone does not make for good resolution.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742
Email:Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)
Fax: 301-314-9661
Phone:301-405-4084