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Re: Deinocheirus

Christopher Srnka wrote:

<I haven't seen the actual specimen for _Deinocheirus mirificus_, and
I've only seen a few photos and drawings of the same, but the sight of
_Suchomimus tenerensis_ reminded me of the famous forelimbs of
_Deinocheirus_. Is there any speculation that _Deinocheirus_ was an
advanced Spinosaur? Just wondering, and forgive my ignorance.>

  There is little likelihood of the two being _too_ similar to each
other as close as you suggest. The speculation that *Deinocheirus* is
related to *Baryonyx* does indeed go back some way, back to Norman
(1983) in his _Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs_; of course,
therein Bary is unnamed as of yet and was considered a possible
dromie. Things change. Presently, the form of the wrist and hand of
*Deinocheirus* shows it is clearly an ornithomimosaurian, with the
hand similar to *Pelecanimimus* (me, personal obsv.) in that the
metacarpals are highly emarginated and mcI appresses mcII along its
entire length and is almost as long. That and the form of the ulna and

Jaime A. Headden

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