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Mononykus manus (was Re: New alvarezsaurid)
Jonathon Woolf <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> This week's issue of NATURE
> contains a description of a new alvarezsaurid from Mongolia.
-- SNIP --
> The animal is described as being
> over-all similar to _Mononykus_: large, flightless, long neck, long
> tail, and the same stubby, single-clawed forelimbs that have made
> _Mononykus_ such an enigma.
Is it definite that _Mononykus_ has only one claw per manus? I recall that
Dennis J. Wilson of Pangaea Designs had produced a sculpted restoration of
this animal (in both feathered and unfeathered versions) and added some
tiny vestigial digits to the manus. I asked him about this at the SVP
meeting in Chicago (where the sculptures were displayed) and he stated that
he was working directly from the actual fossil specimen, and that he
believed that _Mononykus_ should be restored with the additional digits.
-- Ralph Miller III email@example.com
Based on the name, it _must_ have only one claw per manus.