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Re: Fixing dinosaurian carnivour question
George the Dino wrote:
<Might want to check on Mononykus, Patagonykus, and
Alvarezsaurus, too. Don't happen to have those papers
available just now. Avimimus is pretty small, too, but
somewhat bigger than Compsognathus as I recall.>
I'll read off the papers, George. *Patagonykus* was
actually nearly 1.5 times longer than *Mononykus*, and
about twice as massive, given the forelimb, pelvis,
leg, etc. Suggests about 4 to 4.5 feet.
*Parvicursor* on the other hand had a femur at a wee
48.6 mm, and the holotype (an adult by the vertebrae
and degree of fusion in the tarsometatarsus [which is
more than I can say for *Alvarezsaurus*]) was about
1.75 feet long, small enough to curl in your palm.
Cute little thing, too, though it's short length had
something to do with that parvicursorid short tail.
I think Parvi takes the cake, bird,
ornithomimid-morph, or whatever it turns out to be
given the Ostrom presentations.
Jaime A. Headden
"May I lure us, ere the mote ends us?"
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