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RE: Just following the trend of questioning...

Luis Rey wrote:

> Good that you bring attention to the text on that illustration anyway.
> It is outdated: New, detailed paper on Caudipteryx points out that the 
> third finger retains only two phalanges and is virtually atrophied, 
> clawless and maybe almost fused to the second finger. 

Maybe a case of syndactyly, then?  Interesting.

On that point, the second and third fingers of elmisaurids have been
considered possibly syndactylous (by Phil Currie, I think it was).