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Re: Caudipteryx (was Re: Just following the trend of questioning. ..)



Tim Williams wrote-

> > As the only other coelurosaurs with two or less phalanges on digit
> > III are tyrannosaurids and derived pygostylians (Protopteryx,
> > Longipteryx, Eocathayornis, ornithothoracines),
>
> What about alvarezsaurids and carnotaurines?

Carnotaurines aren't coelurosaurs and show no evidence for a reduced
phalangeal count on digit III (unless Aucasaurus preserves a good manus).
Shuvuuia seems to have at least three phalanges on digit III, based on the
new specimen at SVP 2001.  Mononykus' digit II and III phalanges are
unknown.

Mickey Mortimer