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>Whatever happened to the rumour about the Chinese Archaeopteryx(es)?
>Did somebody answer it and I missed it?
>Is it still a rumour?
The Chinese ones haven't been verified yet, but pictures of the Late
Jurassic Korean "archaeopterygid" has been published in Japanese science
magazines. I have a xerox of a fax of a xerox of the picture (courtesy of
R. Molnar), and from that, it sure looks like an Archaeopteryx or a really
small dromaeosaurid. It is only a partial skeleton, however.
Hopefully, some one will publish more technical descriptions of it soon.
Also, there have been a fair number of Early Cretaceous Chinese birds
discovered lately, of which only Sinornis and Cathayornis (to my knowledge)
have been published. These are more advanced than Archaeopteryx.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile Phone: 703-648-5280
U.S. Geological Survey FAX: 703-648-5420
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
MS 970 National Center
Reston, VA 22092