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Re: Reflections on Recent "Dromaeosaurs"
Jaime Headden wrote:
I have reason to believe that *Utahraptor*, based on
a variety of bones from the same formation that all
yield dromaeosaurid characters pertaining to a
particularly large animal (elongate premaxilla,
T-shaped lachrymal, mediolaterally compressed pedal
and manal claws of very large size relative to
phalanges and limbs, tibia with astragalar facet
having a sub-rectangular outline, caudal vertebrae
with elongate post- and prezygapophyses and the
prezygapophyses longer than one preceeding centrum
[reconstructed?]) suggesting they belong to a single
Yep, all these check out. The prezygapophyeal rods and chevron extensions
are elongated, although I don't believe their full length is preserved. The
subrectangular frontal elements (in dorsal view) might link _Utahraptor_ to
_Dromaeosaurus_ (as suggested by Kirkland et al.).
It has not been suggested they all belong to a
I feel the avian character of the coracoid and the
frontals being more "swollen" than in velociraptorines
How do you mean "swollen"? To me, the frontals of _Bambiraptor_ look
identical to those of _Saurornitholestes_, at least in dorsal view.
(Comparing Sues (1978) and Burnham et al. (2000).)
I'll say my piece on *Adasaurus* in a different
Ah! This I'll look forward to.
`--+--*Utahraptor ostrommaysi /
`--+--+--*Bambiraptor feinbergi /
| | feinbergorum*
| |?-*Adasaurus mongoliensis*
| `--+--*Unenlagia comahuensis*
| |--*Rahonavis ostromi*
| | | lithographica*
| | `--*Archaeopteryx
| | bavarica?*
Note: Sinorn, Vel, and Bambi are radially
represented, caring for my ambiguity on they're
relationship. I changed "Aves" to "Neornithes", per
Mike Keesey's observation. Some other techincal
problems have been resolved (serial *A. bavarica,* *A.
lithographica,* and *Neornithes,* *Rahonavis,* and
*Unenlagia*) with doubt placed on the placement of
*Adasaurus* and *Variraptor.* Oddly enough, Buffetaut
and leLoeuff (1998) did not provide synapomorphies of
Vari and Dromaeosauridae, but some are apparent as
Mickey Mortimer noted in his character analysis last
month (this list).
Jaime "James" A. Headden
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