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Re: Birds of Russia and Mongolia



Tim Williams wrote-

> ...and the description of _Apsaravis_ may put a new spin on many of these
> "enantiornithine" characters.

Rest assured I used the Apsaravis paper when considering phylogeny in my
post.

> When Kurochkin says "phalanx II-1", does he mean the middle digit or the
> innermost digit of the tridactyl manus?  Is it digit II of I-II-III from
the
> ancestral pentadactyl condition (as dinosaur experts interpret the avian
> tridactyl manus), or digit II of II-III-IV (as ornithologists prefer)?

Kurochkin always refers to them as the alular, major and minor digits, but I
wrote the materials list you were referring to, so used the correct
numbering of one, two and three. :-)

Mickey Mortimer