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Re: Cryptovolans skeletal reconstruction (AKA Monty Pigdon's Flying Czerkas)

Dann Pigdon (dannj@alphalink.com.au) wrote:

<If anyone's interested, I've attempted a crude skeletal reconstruction of
Cryptovolans, which the truly brave can see here:

  And perhaps a tad-influences by *Sinornithosaurus*? Seeing this, and
Paul's reference to it as a sinornithosaur, one can wonder at a basal
dromie group, rather than grade, where loss of flight was incurred. I
wonder also if a keel in inferred, as ther sternae are in lateral view,
un-fused (seen in *Sino* and *Micro*), and deflection of the other plate
below the closer one would result in an apparent keel. Keep in mind, this
is a taphonomic consideration based on the slightly disarticulated
specimen labelled from the BMP, as reported by Norell et al., 2001, and I
have not yet seen Czerkas et al.'s presentation.


Jaime A. Headden

  Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making leaps 
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We should all 
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.

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