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Diatryma Skeleton (Was: Forelimbs of "Terror Birds")
> Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 08:53:41 -0500
> From: "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> _Diatryma_ (and its kin/senior synonym? _Gastornis_, featured in the
> first part of WWPB) are not "terror birds" (= phorusrhacids). I
> don't know of the complete forelimb of any gastornithid is known,
> but they what is known is that they were highly reduced (perhaps
> more so than shown in the documentary).
For what it's worth, I took a photo of the Smithsonian "Diatryma" when
I was in D.C last year -- it's at
Those sure are small forelimbs!
A few other photos linked from there may also be of interest.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> www.miketaylor.org.uk
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part of the ceremony" -- Franz Kafka.