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Re: New Protoavis Publication.
On Thu, 8 Feb 1996, Adam Yates wrote:
> Yes as you may have guessed from the subject heading, half a decade has
> rolled around and Sankar Chaterjee has published a bit more on Protoavis.
> The reprint of the paper "Chatterjee S., 1995, The Triassic bird
> Protoavis. Archaeopteryx 13, 15-31." was recently sent to our lab. In it
> are descriptions of the post cranial material, drawings of bones (as
*as reconstructed*--probably the operative concept here.
> a cladogram and a new skeletal reconstruction. If
> anything the new drawings look even more birdlike than in his Phil.
> Trans. paper. Especially the pectoral girdle wich he invests with a
> very large deeply keeled sternum. The skeletal reconstruction still
> looks ill-proportioned to me, with a puny little pelvis and femur
> perched on top of lower leg elements that appear to belong to an animal
> twice the size. Sankar finds that his Protoavis is embedded within the
> Ornithothoraces (more derived than Iberomesornis and Sinornis).
> Apparently his phylogentic analysis is in press, to be published in
> Adam Yates
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