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



Here's CNN's take on the story:

http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/07/24/coolsc.ancient.birds.meal/ind
ex.html 

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

Allan Edels 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of Nicholas Gardner
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 3:14 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
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_
also 
>has a T-shaped lacrimal; toothless upper jaw with a few teeth in the
lower 
>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)

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