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Re: Metatarsal fusion/nonfusion: birds/theropods
In a message dated 97-03-18 13:50:20 EST, email@example.com (Thomas R.
Holtz, Jr.) writes:
<< A side note: do any of the newer specimens of Ceratosaurus have metatarsi?
(A general call to those who have seen the specimens!). If so, do they show
fusion or not? I do wonder if the type really is pathological, or if this
is another case of Pachyrhinosaurus-itis (a weird bony growth found in a
single specimen may be pathological; one found in ALL the specimens of that
taxon almost certainly isn't...). >>
My understanding is that the left metatarsus of the type shows pathological
fusion, whereas the right metatarsus is remained unfused.