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Re: K/T birds - a word to the wise.
> > > Heptasteornis (Maastrichtian, Romania)
> >Overlooked that one. Also not a bird, like its compatriots &
> I would guess you're alluding to the material from Transylvania named (or
> referred to) _Heptasteornis_, _Bradycneme_ or _Elopteryx_.
> I would keep on
> open mind regarding the status of this stuff; some of it may be genuinely
Really? Haven't read that so far, and Paul Dica who's working on that stuff
didn't say that either in his talk at the museum here. Well, fragmentary as
it all is...
> >All known confuciusornithids, that is, *Confuciusornis sanctus*, *C.
> >various probable synonyms of the former, *Changchengornis
> >and *Proornis coreae*, are Barrêmian.
> David, on what basis do you assign _Proornis_ to the Confuciusornithidae?
I simply believe HP Mickey Mortimer's Details On Proornis so far. :-)
> Has the thing even been described yet?
Probably not well enough to lift it from nomen nudum status.
> Tommy Tyberg's list looks very comprehensive. However, keep in mind that
> quite a few of these genera are (a) not yet officially described;
> (b) based
> on very fragmentary material which may not be diagnostic (_Torotix_ -
> whatever you are - please step forward).
> Also, a lot of the taxa based on
> "birdy bits" from Eurasia may not qualify as good, diagnosable genera.
sure (all these crumbles identified as coracoid shafts and whatnot... urgh)
> The list also includes alvarezsaurids - in which case you might want to
> include little _Parvicursor_.
Forgot that, too! :-)
> While on the topic of possibly-termitivorous alvarezsaurids, the powerful
> mono-clawed forelimbs may be useful for slicing through bee hives too,
> especially those hives built in rotting trees (such as by modern
Wouldn't that require climbing abilities? (Never heard of _Trigona_.)