Just a couple (well, three) queries about the new "What!? They didn't give it a name?" deinonychosaur from China.
1. Just to clarify...This dinosaur isn't the same tiny theropod that was mentioned last summer by Luis Rey (http://www.cmnh.org/fun/dinosaur-archive/2000Jun/msg00225.html) with an aye-aye-like third finger and an opposable hallux, is it? All these unnamed/undescribed/top-secret feathered dinosaurs start to get confusing.
2. Does this dinosaur's feather arrangement, etc., fit with the "leaping-from-trees-after-prey" model of the origin of flight described a while ago by Tim Williams (http://www.cmnh.org/fun/dinosaur-archive/2001Mar/msg00391.html, and its many follow-ups)?
3. Finally, has this dinosaur been subjected to the same thorough scrutiny as "Archaeoraptor", to make *absolute sure* that it's not a chimaera? I'm not questioning anyone's authority, but I (and others) would like to know for certain this time.
Okay. Thanks in advance for any responses to my questions, and apologies if they have already been asked.
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