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RE: First Feathered dino pics->Boas->claw papers
>I've skimmed through my (well, the library's...) copy of Heilmann, and can't
>find any statement by him of feathers on coelurosaurs. However, found one
>heck of an interesting footnote:
>p. 203, footnote 8* concerns the work of J.E.V. Boas. He discusses Boas'
>hypothesis that birds were derived from Ornithischia, and points out that
>his evidence comes from Ornithomimus, Anchisaurus, and Diplodocus! He ends
>by saying "At present Professor Boas ranks first among Danish
Good grief - I just read my photocopy of it. I like how Heilmann puts it
"This author is no German, but a Danish Professor of Zoology." and "The
most amazing is his clever trick with the clavicles of birds..."
Scary thing is I've been trying to translate a chapter J.E.V. Boas wrote on
claw anatomy in a 1931 German textbook - one of the few works that describe
general claw anatomy with comparisons accross most tetrapod groups (and
annoyingly referred to in "The Vertebrate Body" by Romer and Parsons, 1990
- in a figure caption (Fig.93, p143) without a date, and no entry in the
reference section - took ages to hunt it down). I'll take heed of
Heilmann's warning as I translate it - I work sitting next to Dane so I
know what they're like! ;) (He'd get that joke - I hope - he's about 7ft
Actually, while we're on the subject has any one seen other literature on
claw anatomy? I've got some, but it seems to be pretty sparse and
terminology is all over the place - currently digging up some stuf in vet
literature. The better ones I've seen are in german. So I'm learning german
now, sigh. (run into german literature a lot).
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