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Re: SVP 2004
> _Myrmecophaga_ (giant anteater) has pretty long forelimbs, but the
> forelimbs of the semi-arboreal _Tamandua_ aren't all that long. And,
> now that I think about it, maybe it was the fully arboreal _Cyclopes_
> (silky anteater) that had the most mononykine-like forelimbs. Its
> limbs are fairly abbreviated:
> (Note that the palms even face inward a bit, as in theropods.)
> Of course, the myrmecophagids have forelimbs that are about as long as
> their hindlimbs, while the mononykines have very long hindlimbs and
> very short forelimbs, so that's a big difference. But if you look at
> the forelimbs alone, the similarity in structure is quite striking.
Here is a skeleton of myrmecophagids manus.
Really it is very similar to Mononykus!