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RE: Jeholornis - long-tailed bird in today's Nature

Here's CNN's take on the story:


with a few quotes from the DML's own T. Holtz :-)

Allan Edels 

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Subject: Re: Jeholornis - long-tailed bird in today's Nature

Tim Williams wrote:

>That's right - a bird with a long dromaeosaurid-like tail, complete
>with elongated and rod-like prezygapophyses and chevrons. _Jeholornis_
>has a T-shaped lacrimal; toothless upper jaw with a few teeth in the
>jaw (these are small and conical); short
>sternum; robust boomerang-like furcula; a forelimb to hindlimb ratio
>of about 1.2; three large and recurved unguals on the hand; a reversed 
>hallux; pedal claws consistent with perching; and a
>large claw on the second toe "reminiscent of the situation of 
>dromaeosaurids and troodontids".

Curious and rather unusual.

>Last rites for BAND?

Perhaps. :o)

Nick Gardner
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