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Re: Feathered dinos
In a message dated 10/27/99 3:11:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Dinogeorge
Trying not to get myself in over my head, but...
> Would be interesting to see what Tim (or is it Tom? :-) Rowe might do with
> CT scans of the Archaeoraptor slab...
IIRC, it was CT scans that suggested (or at least confirmed) the chimaeric
nature of this specimen.
With regard to Tom H.'s comment about my earlier statements, I could
certainly believe that only two animals are present in the _Archaeoraptor_
specimen--early bird heads, after all, look very like those of dromaeosaurs
and troodonts. The feet, however, really do look like they are from a much
smaller animal than the rest of the specimen, and they appear from the NG
photos to exhibit an avimimid or mononykine-like hyper-arctomet condition.
In fact, floating near the lower foot are a pair of bones that look like a
very short radius and ulna. Certainly they are rather long for pedal