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Re: New Ref
Randy, thanks for bringing this article to our attention. I'm sure M.
Mortimer will be surprised to see this paper published in the new Journal of
C.R.A.P. But I hope his upcoming analysis appears in something a little
more prestigious. ;-)
I can't for the life of me imagine where the generic name came from,
but the specific name "colonae" is interesting. This is the Latin term
meaning "tenant farmers". Could it be that some theropods not only gave up
meat-eating (like segnosaurs), but actually began practicing a form of
Could this explain the long wicked claws of segnosaurs? They would
certainly be useful for digging during planting season, guarding the fields
during the growing season, and also for harvesting the crop as well.
But if they were "tenant" farmers, who did they work for? Perhaps
tyrannosaurs were the Lords of the Manor, whose puny arms would be quite
adequate for handling the master's whip. The only question then would be
what kind of "livestock" the crops were being fed to (perhaps "Cretaceous
sheep"?). In any case, neither scavenging or hunting would be required.
Just a good recipe for "cera-chops" stew.
----- Cheers, Ken
P.S. Hey it's April. Maybe it will not be too much longer that we will
have to W4MA. Will "Alvarezsauria" and "enigmosauria" survive scrutiny.
Time will tell.
R. Irmis wrote:
Just found in my university's library:
Mortimer, M. 2002. A new maniraptoran theropod from the sewers of New York,
New York. Journal of Comparative Research And Phylogeny 1(1): 1-2.
Published in the new Journal of C.R.A.P., this paper describes a new
theropod dinosaur, *Kinmania colonae*, from the Early Cretaceous sewers of
New York. It is represented by a single caudal vertebra, but shows
distinctive synapomorphies placing it within the Maniraptora. It seems to
be related to Capitalsaurus, it's more politically minded brother down
south. The phylogenetic analysis is based on characters from two
unpublished dissertations and writing on a scrap of paper held by Tom Holtz
in a grainy photograph taken last year at SVP.
-In a response to this paper, an unnamed person has stated that since the
genus name *Kinmania* does not accurately represent the specimen's true
affinities, it should be changed to *Kinmaniformia*.
Randall Irmis ;)
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