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Mononykus and feathers

On the subject of _Mononykus_ and feathers, Larry Martin at dinofest says
in his abstract,

"_Mononykus is another dinosaur that has been confused with birds.  The
general configuration of the shoulder girdle, arms, and hands is
surprisingly like _Compsognathus_, and unlike _Archaeopteryx_.  The
combination of a reduced reduced wrist, enlarged metacarpal I, and
enlargement of the astragalus until it is the only functional proximal
tarsal in the mesotarsal joint, supports an affiliation of _Mononykus_ with
the ornithomimid dinosaurs."



cnedin@geology.adelaide.edu.au                  nedin@ediacara.org
Many say it was a mistake to come down from the trees, some say
the move out of the oceans was a bad idea. Me, I say the stiffening
of the notochord in the Cambrian was where it all went wrong,
it was all downhill from there.