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Re: Compsognathus/Sinosauropteryx (was RE: Yixian Dating Again)
>> How many fingers did sinosauropteyx have? i have seen it
>> illustrated with 2 sometimes, and more often 3.
>All scientific descriptions of _Sinosauropteryx_ refer to three fingers per
>hand in this theropod, AFAIK. I can't see why this critter would be
>restored with only two manual digits - especially since recent descriptions
>of _Compsognathus_ give this genus three digits on the hand as well.
Do you have any refs handy for these recent descriptions? Do any of them have a
basis in anatomy, or is _Compsognathus_ just assumed to have had three fingers
now because _Sinosauropteryx_ had them?
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups."
- Alfred S. Romer Osteology of the Reptiles