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> David Peters wrote:
> Pterodactyloidea ? Pteranodon > Quetzalcoatlus
> 24. Narial and antorbital fenestrae confluent.
> I used to believe this old saw until I took a much closer look at the
> situation. The naris and AOF are not confluent in the new ctenochasmatid
> that Chris Bennett is studying. It's big enough to clearly discern. Get
> closer and you'll find the same situation in other ctenochasmatids and
The specimen of Ctenochasma that I am describing most certainly does have
confluent naris and antorbital fenestra. There is no trace of a 'secondary
naris" or whatever Peters imagines he sees on his computer. Get closer? I
stared at that specimen for hours and hours through a microscope--any closer
and I would have been licking the thing, which I suspect Rupert Wild would
not have appreciated.
Ironic, it was Rupert who confirmed the observation.
I look forward to your report.