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Re: Quo vadis, T. rex?
In a message dated 96-02-02 01:55:33 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
>Actually, I'm not being quite fair to little Compy. If it could be shown
>that mets II and IV touch each other in this animal, it could make a
>suitable tyrannosaur ancestor. The original specimen of _Compsognathus_
>is not preserved well enough to convince me entirely that the phalangeal
>count is correct. Is the French specimen any better?
There's an annoying artifact that lies right across the manus of the French
specimen--maybe a piece of indeterminate fossilized plant matter--that
prevents close observation of the manus and indeed caused the original
describers to imagine their specimen was a different species of
_Compsognathus_ with a flipper for a forelimb(!).