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Re: theropod pubic boots
On Wed, 7 Feb 1996, King, Norm wrote:
> I assume that theropod pubic boots existed for attachment of some kind of
> ventral muscles that aided locomotion. Can someone tell me, or tell me
> where to go (you know--a reference) to get information, on the specific
> musculature involved, and its presumed function? Thanks in advance.
> BTW, the latest version of "my" coelurosaurian classification (for a
> class handout) still has Maniraptora and Arctometatarsalia as
> suprafamilial categories, labeled thus: "Maniraptora (suprafamilial
> group)*", and "Arctometatarsalia (suprafamilial group)*".
You could certainly call them hyperfamilies, if you wanted to.
> not going to use Ornithomimosauroidea, etc., which I guess are
> technically correct, or Arctometatarsaliuroidea, etc., which are
> categories that don't exist.
Actually, you couldn't use either of these anyway, as they are not based
on generic names.
> I'll just call them "arctos" in discussions.
I'm kind of partial to "Paraves" ("beside birds," a term I coined several
years ago) as a term for arctometatarsalians.
I can't say I like your noncommittal stance on where birds fit in. I
think it would be highly beneficial to show your students just how deeply
nested within the Theropoda the birds actually are.
> Norman R. King tel: (812) 464-1794
> Department of Geosciences fax: (812) 464-1960
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
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