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RE: Anything new about Pelecanimimus?
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> Subject: Anything new about Pelecanimimus?
> In the cource of my studies, I have come accross Pelecanimimus polyodon,
> that primitive ornithomime with lots of teeth and preserved skin. My
> questions are these:
> 1) I have heard a wattle/dewlap and a fleshy crest mentioned;
> what do these
> things look like?
Nothing has been described of these past the original publication.
> 2)Have further studies revealed anything more about Pelecanimimus? I
> haven't heard anything about it since its discovery.
Well, there has been the paper cited after your third question. Also, a
short report on the hand of _Pelecanimums_ by Perez-Moreno.
> 3)Isn't it strange that an ornithomime didn't have feathers? Was
> this lack
> secondary or primary?
You obviously haven't come across the following article:
BRIGGS, D.E.G., WILBY, P.R., PEREZ-MORENO, B.P., SANZ, J.L. &
FREGENAL-MARTINEZ, M. (1997) - The mineralization of dinosaur soft tissue in
the Lower Cretaceous of Las Hoyas, Spain. J. Geol. Soc. London, 154:
The authors discovered that, except for part of the throat pouch, there
wasn't any of the *external* surface preserved. Instead, what the original
describers thought was external tissue turned out to be mineralized internal
tissue (muscle fibers, etc.). So, we honestly don't know what the outside
of _Pelecanimimus_ looked like.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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