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I never keep my promises: here I am, a postgrad student, back on
dino-l. Alas, I am a Judas - having betrayed my favourites, the
marine tetrapods, I am now a theropod man. Some you win, some you
Here at Portsmouth (we also dabble in Isle of Wight and Santana
stuff) we have new taxa - including theropods - coming out of our
ears. Pterosaurs and marine reptiles are getting their due, and I
have colleagues working on some *amazing* bits and pieces you
wouldn't believe. Unfortunately, I am sworn to secrecy.
Today I am (still) casting a wierd little theropod femur with Lorna
Steel (pterosaur worker who shares my office with me). The bone is
enigmatic in lacking certain trochanters and in having other
trochanters in very diagnostic position - I'm still trying to work
out what it is: if only figures in the literature weren't so bad (but
my sincerest respect to Madsen, Currie and Dong, and Bonaparte et
al.). I'll let you know what it may be when I get my head around it.
Anyway, I am emailing with a question. I don't have a great deal of
access to dromaeosaurid bones and have been relying on figures: can
someone with first-hand access to dromaeosaurid bones please tell me
how the bone thickness compares to the shaft diameter. I am very
familiar with the thickness of pterosaur bones, so if possible please
refer to that for comparison. Thanks for help - I'll leave you to
guess just _why_ I need this information...;) (and if you're
wondering, it's nothing to do with the little femur I mentioned).
"That's Larry - he's a senstivie pigeon with a great sense of humour"