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Re: Syntarsus feathers

Mickey Mortimer (Mickey_Mortimer11@email.msn.com) wrote:

<I assume the "t-shaped neural arches" you're referring to are the expanded 
spine tables of the
dorsal neural spines?  If so, remember these are present in troodontids and 
dromaeosaurids as
well, but not Ceratosaurus.>

  These are not what spinal tables are. Note that the spinal table is the 
platform, pretty much
level, at the base of the neural spine, between the zygapophyses. The distal 
end of the neural
spine is what Rob Gay is referring to. The "t-shaped neural arch" is a confused 
statement of a
distally transversely expanded neural spine, which is seen in animals that bear 
paramedian dermal
ossicles; this includes Ceratosaurus, aetosaurs, crocodilians, etc.

Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

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