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ORNITHOPODS AND MEXICO CITY
Nick Snells recently asked if anything more recent than Weishampel and
Heinrich 1992 had been published on Orodromeus, especially anything that
showed what the heck the animal looked like. The answer to that question is
unfortunately no. Except for a few bits and pieces, no one really has any
idea what Orodromeus looked like. Through the grape vine, it's rumoured to
be similar to Zephyrosaurus, but that doesn't say much. Rod Scheetz has
studied the skeletons however and will publishing a description in the neear
future (which means before 2005).
Orodromeus is not the only ornithopod that is so unfortunate:
-There is an ornithopod from Proctor Lake, Texas with a lot of skeletons and
a lot of baby stuff, but only preliminary drawings have been published so far
even though the thing has been known for at least 15 years.
-Drinker has a LOT of material known, but not published. Again through the
grapevine, there's supposedly a monographish work on this animal in the
works, but nothing so far but some drawings of weird teeth.
-There are lots of new Thescelosaurus or supposed Thescelosaurus specimens
all over the place, but nothing so far. This should help clear up a lot of
issues concerning this animal's phylogenetic position.
Additionally, there are new ornithopods from South America that are coming
into the light as well as newer descriptions of some old North Americans like
Parksosaurus and Bugenasaura.
Speaking of North Americans.
I would like to urge each and every one of the dino-lists SVP regulars to
come to SVP 2K in Mexico city this October. I had heard through the rumor
mill that many of you were not going to attend because of the location. I
hopee that you can see how truly arrogent it is not to visit Mexico City
because it is percieved as dirty or dangerous, when Washington is one of the
most dirty, disgusting, and dangerous cities I've ever been too, yet we would
all expect our Mexican collegues to come to SVP if it were in DC. Mexico
City is probably the most cultured city you'll find in North America, and it
would bee a shame if you all missed out.
"Marge! How much would you pay for an automatic hamburger flipper!?"