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> From: Steve Brusatte [mailto:email@example.com]
> I'm interested in knowing the possible relationships with
> Cryolophosaurus, another Early Jurassic Gondwanna theropod. In
> his paper, Hammer writes that Cryolophosaurus may be an early
> tetanuran with primitive features, a belief that he recently
> reinforced in an interview with me (see the latest Dinosaur World
_Cryolophosaurus_ is almost certainly a tetanurine, but may be younger in
the Early Jurassic than the new form.
> Italy and Antarctica weren't necessarily very close during the
> Early Jurassic, but the two dinosaurs seem somewhat similar.
> Does anybody know about any possible relationships? Any
> pre-paper speculation??
Pre-paper speculation of this sort isn't worth the paper its printed on...
> And, what about a furcula in Cryolophosaurus?? I don't believe
> there is one, but is there speculation that it likely did have one?
Well, this is one we CAN reasonably speculate: with the recognition of
coelophysoid furculae, the implication is that each and every neotheropod
had a furcula, unless it secondarily reduced it.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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