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A baby dromaeosaur preserved with feathers? Sam asked..
> Lastly, Darren Naish, I saw one of your talks at the dinosaur
> collector's club convention a couple of years back (it was the year
> that Mononykus was unveilled or re-unveilled there) and you showed a
> picture of a juvenile? dromaeosaur with a plume of integument on
> it's tail tip. Can you (or anyone else for that matter) identify
> that Dromaeosaur for me please?
This was _Scipionyx samniticus_ in its original, 1993, guise. The
animal had been described in a preliminary paper by Leonardi and
Teruzzi (also appeared about the same time in the Italian newspaper
_Oggi_), but in their photographs appeared with bogus hind limbs and
a tail that the ?collector had added (in reality, the specimen is
missing its hindlimbs and its tail (see Dal Sasso and Signore 1998)).
In the talk I discussed what integument was then known from small
theropods. It was intimated that a leaf-shaped impression at the end
of the fake _Scipionyx_ tail >>>might<<< be something to do with
feathers.. of course, this turns out to be not the case at all. And
at the time I thought _Scipionyx_ was a dromaeosaur (search the
archives for 'Benevento juvenile theropod' to see my original
At the same meeting I unveiled a rather imaginative restoration of a
feathered _Alvarezsaurus_, which was fun (when you consider the
length of _Alvarezsaurus_' tail!).
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