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Martin and furcular homology
Howdy folks. I dont have access to the archives of JVP, so I thought i'd
bring it up here.
According to Padian, Martin et al (1998) argued that the hypocleideum was a
seperate ossification that they identified with an interclavicle. Because
interclavicles are unknown in dinosaurs, the furculae must be non-homologous.
Oddly, Feduccia & Martin (1998), in response to that paper by Norell et al,
suggested that the Velociraptor furcula *was* homologous with the interclavicle.
Now, im no fan of Martin's work on avian origins, but surely he cannot be
saying that, on the one hand, that the furculae are non-homologous because
theropods lack interclavicles, and on the other, that they're non-homologous
Is Martin just sinking deeper, or am I missing something?