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Re: Long-tailed Late Cretaceous Bird

Christian Kammerer wrote:

This "Archaeopteryx-sized bird" is known from an almost-complete skeleton
missing only some forelimb parts and a few caudal verts. The tail is the
most amazing aspect of the animal, as it is fully developed (no pygostyle)

Surely I can't be the only person who's thinking "Did this bird have a long tail when it died?" ;-)

It seems to represent a ground-dweller, so the
more "dinosaurian" characteristics in it might just be a result of
incipient secondary flightlessness, {snip}

The paper says the forelimbs of _Yangdangornis_ are incomplete. I wonder, are they so incomplete that it's not possible to be sure if they were developed as wings or not?


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