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>Tom Holtz mentioned suggestions that therizinosauroids were oviraptorid
>relatives. Can we read about this suggestion anywhere? Please give source.
See your next sentence.
>I haven't yet seen the Alxasaurus paper (Canadian Jour. Earth Sci. yes?), and,
>at present, have difficulty comprehending them as theropods.
Bingo! That's the place. Hans Sues also presented a cladogram at last SVP
which also had an oviraptorosaurian clade, and I have found a similar
result with a new analysis. However, almost all the similarities are in
the skull, and if you just use postcranial material, therizinosauroids
share derived characters with dromaeosaurids & birds!
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. Phone: 703-648-5280
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