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Re: Deinonychus pubis

At 07:46 PM 1/17/99 -0500, Sherry Michael wrote:
>I was reading parts of a borrowed publication- it was "osteology of
>Deinonychus antirrhopus" Peabody Bulletin 30 by Ostrom.  Anyway, I was
>surprised to read the description of the pubis. It was described as a flat
>bladelike bone, without a shaft at all. However all the mounts and
>descriptions I've seen, Deinonychus has the typical theropod "shaft and
>boot" pubis.  What' s the story?

It turned out that the "pubis" Ostrom described was its coracoid!!  The
pubis you've seen in later restorations is based on the real thing.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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