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Re: Sue had no wishbone...

On Sat, 24 Feb 2001 15:33:18  
 Demetrios M. Vital wrote:
>Isn't a furcula basal to tyrannosauroidea?

Well, he wasn't saying that Sue (or any tyrannosaurs) didn't possess a furcula, 
he was simply saying that what is reconstructed on Sue's mounted skeleton is 
not a furcula, but rather likely a disarticulated piece of gastralia.

He said that he "hopes we find a T. rex wishbone some day."

I am very interested to see what others on list have to say about this "claim," 
especially our theropod experts (you know who you are!).

By the way, Larson's talk (on pathologies) was informative, and Pete is a great 
speaker.  It's ashame what the media has done to him.  His work shouldn't be 
discounted because he is a private collector.  Although many of us onlist have 
problems with some of this hypotheses (gender, Sue's broken leg, etc.), we 
shouldn't simply discount him because he isn't a member of academia.


>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Steve Brusatte" <dinoland@lycos.com>
>To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
>Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2001 2:50 PM
>Subject: Sue had no wishbone...
>> Hey,
>> I attended Peter Larson's talk at the Burpee Museum in Rockford last
>evening, and he spoke a bit on how he believes that the wishbone (furcula)
>constructed on Sue isn't a wishbone at all.  His reasoning is that it isn't
>curved like wishbones in birds and other theropods.
>> I asked him exactly what he thought it may be, and he mentioned (possibly)
>a broken piece of gastralia.
>> Has anyone else given serious consideration to this view?  Has anything
>been published on it?  How about list-member views??
>> Steve
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