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Re: Noasaurus and Masiakasaurus



According to Sampson et al. 2001, specimens referred to Masiakasaurus 
include metatarsals II and III and pedal phalanges and unguals.
So, could Noasaurus have had a spinosaurid or Megaraptor-style huge manual 
claw?  This could indicate that it was, at least in part, piscivorous, like 
spinosaurids.

Thanks,
Andrew McDonald


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "T. Michael Keesey" <mightyodinn@yahoo.com>
To: "Mailing List - Dinosaur" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: Noasaurus and Masiakasaurus


> --- Andrew McDonald <equinox28@msn.com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > My name is Andrew McDonald.  I am a high school senior with a tremendous
> > interest in dinosaurs (obviously), and I am new to the list.
> > I am planning a restoration of Noasaurus.  I would like your opinions on 
> > how
> > acceptable it would be to use Masiakasaurus as a model.  I am uncertain
> > because the two animals' lifestyles were probably quite different, given 
> > the
> > great disparities in their pedal anatomy and dentition.
>
> Pedal anatomy is unkown for _Masiakasaurus_, and may even be unknown for
> _Noasaurus_, since the identification of the ungual as pedal is not 
> certain.
>
> > I know Ligabueino is fragmentary, but can it reveal anything more about
> > Noasaurus? Thanks for your help.
>
> Well, it does have pedal elements....
>
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