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Re: Dogosaurus, noasaurs and Auz.
Jay Nair (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
<So far, definitive abelisauroids have been identified from South America,
mainland Africa, Madagascar and India. Is evidence of abelisauriod
material in Australia convincing/suggestive? Opinions on Ozraptor, Kakura
and the 'Victorian claw' (I think maybe the first reported dinosaur
material from Australia) would be cool.>
My comments on observation of the original, non-plastoholotypic material
of *Kakuru* can be found here: http://qilong.8m.com/Kakuru.html. This
requires some minor revision, but essentially, unlike ceratosaurs,
*Kakuru* lacks a lateral ridge that partially overlaps the ascending
process of the astragalus, and has a largely subtriangular distal profile,
a feature of tetanurans and lacking in ceratosaurs, including abelisaurs.
The height and shape of the ascending process also defies that which is
known in *Masiakasaurus* or other basal abelisaurs for which this region
is known (very few, in fact) -- this page was written before the
description of *Masiakasaurus.*
As for the other species, these have been covered to some extent in the
DML archives by the likes of Brian Choo, Mickey Mortimer, or myself. There
is more info forthcoming on the "Victorian" claw as well as other material
that has been around for a while, but this will have to wait for the
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.
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
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