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Re: A couple of questions



At 18.47 20/10/2002 +0800, dino_rampage@hotmail.com wrote:

WHOAH... So does that mean that all the other specimens of "Oviraptor philoceratops" (including the brooding specimen, the Romeo & Juliet specimens featured on National Geographic etc etc) are all really Citipati??? So that means that a lot of paleo artists & sculptors have been restoring Citipati instead of Oviraptor!!! Then in that case how would the 'real' O. philoceratops have looked like???

No, Romeo and Juliet are two of the three skeleton assigned to Khaan, while the brooding specimen is one of the fossil assigned to Citipati osmolskae. To this species are assigned the holotype (a skeleton in perfect state of conservation, but at the moment only the skull is described) and an embryo included in one egg of Big Mama. To Citipati sp. is assigned the "classic" skull and skeleton (GI 100/42) that was assigned, for years, to Oviraptor philoceratops.
Note that I've just received the volume on the Proceedengs of the 5th Symposium of the Society of avian paleontology and evolution: in the paper "Oviraptorosaurs compared to birds" by Lu, Dong, Azuma, Barsbold and Tomida there is a description of a new specimen, PC 100/2112 (here labelled Ingenia sp.), that is almost identical to Citipati, particularly to GI 100/42. When the paper was written, the Citipati description was not out again, but for me this is another Citipati sp.


Marco