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Re: Scipionyx question
At 11:51 AM 3/27/98 -0800, Sam wrote:
> Is the animal now called Scipionyx based on the same specimen from
>Benavento that was described by Leonardi and Teruzzi in 1993?
>In Glut's new
>dinosaur encyclopedia, a note of Leonardi and Teruzzi's paper is included
>in the section on Velociraptor, and mention is made of a raptorial second
>pedal ungual. Could this animal be a dromaeosaurid?
Nope, although Leonardi & Teruzzi hypothesized this because of the structure
of the manus. However, it is just a typical maniraptoriform manus, and the
hand shares no more features with dromaeosaurids than with troodontids than
The reconstruction with a hyperextensible pedal digit II was speculation
based on their idea that it was a dromaeosaurid. It is not preserved.
Furthermore, it is propubic, not opisthopubic.
So, sorry: not a dromaeosaurid.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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