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Re: American Oviraptors?
At 03:48 PM 1/20/99 PST, you wrote:
>I have a fossil cast of an 'Oviraptor sp. claw' (wondering what the sp
>is..*shrugs* Oviraptor something orrather mysterious chopped off
>genus-species name, no doubt),From the Wyoming Dinosaur Center.
_Oviraptor_ sp. means, basically, "shrugs" _Oviraptor_ (I like that).
(What it actually means is an specimen of _Oviraptor_ indeterminate to
>On the bottom of the tag, after the date of something-or-other MYA,
>it states, what I assume is the place found--Wyoming?!.
>I thought all Oviraptosaurs lived in,like, the gobi?
>Can anyone else give me more information on this animal,
>or tell me if it was a case of mis-labling?
Well, it is almost certainly mislabled, as _Oviraptor_ proper is an Asian form.
However oviraptorosaurs are known in North America: the primitive
_Microvenator_ and the caenagnathid _Chirostenotes_, to name two.
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