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Re: "veloci-vulture"

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Subject: RE: "veloci-vulture"

LOL: http://www.seismosaur.com/Case16.html

A _Velociraptor_ painted like a vulture!

As we speak about feathers...     Friendly - LJB.


That is one of the WORST illustrations I’ve seen of Velociraptor.

Wait a minute -- it isn't of Velociraptor but of Bambiraptor ("I based this drawing of a raptor on Bambyraptor from the Jones site"), even though the skull above certainly is of Velociraptor mongoliensis. It's somehow strange that there are actually illustrations of it that are _too_ birdlike... The arms are probably too long, the metatarsi are far too long and thin, and for sitting in such a position it would need long, opposed halluces that it didn't have -- in the painting it has _none at all_. To get wherever it is sitting it must have flown. The author whose name I can't find anywhere is certain that Bambiraptor was able to fly; while I'm much less sure on this, even then fingers I and II should be visible as in Archaeopteryx and Confuciusornis.

I’ve volunteered to write a chapter in an up and coming SVP book about internet sites.

A very good idea. Good luck!!!

This is a good candidate for who you can’t trust everything you see or read on the internet. Deinonychus hunted in packs of 50 to 100! Where the %$##% did that come from?

That's terribly simple -- the author speculates on very little, er, evidence and then builds matter-of-fact statements on this: "Some of them probably hunted in packs, and some of those packs were huge. I estimate that Deinonychus, from Montana, may have hunted in packs of 50 to 200 animals. I don’t believe that they hunted as a coordinated pack. [...] How many 100 kilogram Deinonychi [sic] could have fed on a 1,000 kilogram Tenontosaurus? How big would a pack have to be to be able to afford losing one or two members at a kill?"


Is there any country where the scientific method has a fixed place in compulsory lessons in school?



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