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At 02:31 PM 2/22/97 -0500, Tetanurae wrote:

>"Perhaps its most manifest avian characteristic has been documented by a
>recently found complete skull, in which the orbit is connected to the
>infratemporal fenestra....."
>There is no footnote associated with this statement, so I am asking, has
>there been a new unpublished skull of _Mononykus_ found, or is this the same
>smashed skull as illustrated in the monograph?

At SVP in 1995, Chiappe showed slides of a WONDERFUL skull of Mononykus.  To
my knowledge, it is not yet published.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
University of Maryland        Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661

"To trace that life in its manifold changes through past ages to the present
is a ... difficult task, but one from which modern science does not shrink.
In this wide field, every earnest effort will meet with some degree of
success; every year will add new and important facts; and every generation
will bring to light some law, in accordance with which ancient life has been
changed into life as we see it around us to-day."
        --O.C. Marsh, Vice Presidential Address, AAAS, August 30, 1877