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Re: pterosauria, mammoths

At 02:54 AM 11/22/96 -0500, Nick Longrich wrote:

>        I recall someone mentioning a while back that some fragmentary
>pterosaur was actually a troodont. Anybody recall?

The Wealden Group form _Ornithodesmus_, for which the type specimen (a
sacrum) turned out to be from a theropod.  I do not know if the pterosaurian
part of the hypodigm has been reassigned yet.  However, I'd like to point
out that some of the features used to interpret _Orithodesmus_ as troodontid
(more than five sacrals, fused arched sacrum, etc.) also show up in
Neoceratosauria, so I do not think that this specimen is unquestionably a

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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