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MORE CONFUCIUSORNIS CONFUSION
Regarding the life appearance of _Confuciusornis_, Greg Paul wrote..
> A problem with Martin's restoration, and P & C's revised version,
> is that the legs are too long. As can be seen in
> the accompanying photo, the hindlegs were quite short, with the
> femur some 15% shorter than the humerus. The smallness of the
> hindlimbs, plus the large reversed hallux, favor the bird being
> arboreal rather than a ground runner.
I recently saw loads of _Confuciusornis_ photos that Paul Davis
bought back from China. Some of the specimens are _spectacular_:
entire skeletons preserved fully articulated: extremely photogenic.
I think the arms are longer than the legs in this bird. Which brings
me onto something I may have mentioned before.. was _Confuciusornis_
In a recent and not particularly good book on Mesozoic life written
for children, David Unwin writes that _Confuciusornis_ had
proportionally small wings and may therefore have had reduced flight
capabilities. I have not encountered this suggestion in any of the
technical literature that mentions or describes _Confuciusornis_.
Anyone heard anything similar?
I've also seen photos from China of another Liaoning Province bird
that has a very very unusual tail.
Hooray for HARRIS, J.D. 1998: A Reanalysis of _Acrocanthosaurus
atokensis_, its phylogenetic status, and paleobiogeographic
implications, based on a new specimen from Texas. _New Mexico Museum
of Natural History and Science_ 13: 1-75.
That's one hell of a data matrix Jerry! And one hell of a paper. I'm
going to invite all European theropod workers round my flat so
they can have their first ever look at it:)
"...perhaps we are ornithological dinosaurs and I freely admit that
such devices may produce results we dinosaurs have failed to get"