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RE: New paper on Caudipteryx & cursoriality in Nature
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> Jeffrey Martz
> Sent: Friday, August 18, 2000 9:29 AM
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> Subject: Re: New paper on Caudipteryx & cursoriality in Nature
> Did the authors include the oviraptosaur with the pygostyle?
The did not include _Nomingia_ in either the morphometric or center of mass
study (it is far too incomplete to allow the latter).
_Nomingia_ DOES have 13 preserved presacrals and a nearly complete pelvis &
sacrum so you could arguably get a reasonable trunk length. This depends on
where the presacrals were in the column: there are prominent hypapophyses on
the third-fifth preserved ones, suggesting that this is the cervico-thoracic
transition. However, the metatarsus is unknown, so you can't get a real
hindlimb length for this guy: if you scale to approximate the length, then
plotting it as it were measurements is inappropriate.
Hope this helps,
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
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