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Drepanosaurs (was Re: Whatever prima)
[I am replying to this on dinosaur-l as well as directly, in case anyone
else can recall other recent drepanosaur papers.]
At 10:46 AM 4/15/97 -0600, Jeffrey Martz wrote:
>> Nope. Many of the critters that he's most excited about (aka,
>> Megalancosaurus and the other drepanosaurids) may not even be
>> archosauromorphs, much less true archosaurs.
> Could someone give me references by Fedducia (or anyone else)
>on drepanosaurids? Thanks!
Feduccia has never worked with non-avians professionally. He has not done
any research on these critters.
In any case, the most easily accessible of the papers on these guys is:
Renesto, S. 1994. Megalancosaurus, a possibly arboreal archosauromorph
(Reptilia) from the Upper Triassic of northern Italy. Journal of Vertebrate
Look especially at the life restoration on Fig. 11, and then turn to the
reconstruction of Marasuchus (Figure 13) in the paper which follows (Sereno
& Arcucci). Then keep on telling yourself "Feduccia thinks that
Megalancosaurus is a better bird ancestor than Marasuchus..."
There are other recent drepanosaurid papers (one fairly recently in the
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, if memory serves, but I don't
have that on hand). Perhaps someone else on the net can post those.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
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