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>At 05:56 PM 6/22/98 -0700, Phillip Bigelow wrote:
>>Hopefully, Mark Norell will make a point of carefully noting if these
>>outside of Avialae. If Norell drops the ball, rest assured that Tom will
>>to answer that question tomorrow! :-)
I've seen the paper (nice color photos, no doubt that what we're looking at
are symmetrically-feathered, nonflying, nonavian maniraptorans). It's
quite a good read. Will be very interesting to see a longer description
published. Strange (albeit smooshed) skulls.
Caudipteryx is placed within Avialae, basal to Archaeopteryx. Caudipteryx
is not placed as an oviraptorosaur. I believe that was the original,
phenetic impression to at least one person who saw the specimens, but a
closer look revealed otherwise.
Protarchaeopteryx is left in a eumaniraptoran trichotomy with
Dromaeosauridae [i.e. Deinonychosauria] + Avialae.
John R. Hutchinson
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