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Dromaeosaurids & Elmisaurids (was Re: Assorted subjects
At 04:39 AM 8/21/97 +0100, Roger A. Stephenson wrote:
>Could someone be kind enough to explain the differences in the dental
>arrangement of Dromeosaursidae and Elmisauridae, or is the lack of skull
>material in the later a problem? Could supposedly shed Dromeosaursidae
>teeth actually be from members of Elmisauridae?
Dromaeosaurids: have teeth. "Elmisaurids" (aka caenagnathids): do not have
teeth. The "new" specimen of the caenagnathid _Chirostenotes pergracilis_
to be published soon in JVP will confirm the long-held suspiscion that the
toothless jaws called "_Caenagnathus_" and the skeletal material called
"elmisaurids" are from the same animal.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661