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Parvicursor and its affinities



It is believed that Parvicursor is a member of a totally new family
within Maniraptora. The available material though superficially similar
to Mononykus olecranus does seem to betray a closer relation to
Gallimimus in the tarsometatarsus especially in the shape of the element
III. Otherwise affinities are seen with the Avimimids. The articular
facets of the distal ends of the tarsi are particularly suggestive in
this regards. The shapes of the strong Undivided femoral trocanther and
the shallow trocantheric fossa also seem to be shared between the two.
Has any detailed analysis of this form been performed?

Aravind.L <allosaur@tamu.edu>
Genetics Program
Texas A & M University.
Web Page:http://http.tamu.edu:8000/~ali1020/