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Re: FRENCH CRET. DINOS



Darren naish wrote:

>Regarding _Gargantuavis_, is this the same animal as the avian series
>of vertebrae Buffetaut et al. described in _Nature_ a few years back?
>They thought that the vertebrae were most probably avian because the
>tightness of the sutures was more characteristic of birds than other
>theropods, but remarkably the large size of the series suggested a
>bird either condor-sized (if volant) or big ratite-sized (if
>flightless). This has got to be material of _Gargantuavis_, yes?

Yes, Buffetaut et al, Nature 377, p. 110. They had found a synsacrum
fragment. -- Jeff Hecht