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Re: Troodon fingers,etc
On Sun, 11 Jul 1999, GOBI 2010 wrote:
> How many fingers did Troodon have (Is that it's "real" name now? Or is it
> Stenonychus(excuse my spelling)???)???
The skeletal remains which _Stenonychosaurus inequalis_ was named for are
now thought to belong to the same creature as the teeth named _Troodon
formosus_. _Troodon_ is the older name, and thus has priority.
> I have several pictures in various dinosaur books- most show two ...or
> three fingers. Did it have two? Or three? or is the number unknown?
Which book shows it with two fingers? It certainly does have three -- like
all other troodontids. I've never even heard of anyone reconstructing it
with two. The only debate over a theropod's finger count that I can think
of was _Compsognathus_ -- and that seems to have been settled in favor of
> Also, does anyone have a diagram of a troodon skeleton I can see (side view,
> black & white,yadda yadda yadda)?
> PS-Looking for good books on Carnivoirous dinosaurs,esp: troodon,
The answer to both questions is Predatory Dinosaurs of the World
(although it was published before the discovery of _Giganotosaurus_)
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