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A possible explanation for the "large" mononykid head:
The occipital condyle on the skull is fairly small, as are the vertebrae.
This articulates a
skull the size of *Shuvuuia* to an animal of roughly the size of the type
skeleton of *Mononykus*,
so that the animal was around 3.5 feet long to 4 feet. *Shuvuuia* was also a
bit larger than the
type skeleton of *Mononykus*, which is arguably not fully grown, or had a bit
to go on its
The skull _is_ rather large for the animal, and this is not a problem except
for the restoration
of the animal previously known where the skull was known only to a partial
braincase and a maxilla
fragment. A complete skull shows that the original estimate for the skull was a
undersized relative to the braincase. Greg Paul's restoration is therefore
Jaime A. Headden
Little steps are often the hardest to take. We are too used to making leaps
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do. We should all
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.
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