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Re: regarding the naris on pterodacs
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From: "david peters" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 6:17 PM
shows my take on what appears to be happening on a very tiny, early
pterodactyloid, AMNH 1942. Perhaps the external naris was separate from
the antorbital fenestra in this case.
Now... when I have the choice between that tiny photo and the big one at
fig. 8 of http://www.fhsu.edu/biology/cbennett/science-v-fantasy-figs.html,
you know what I'll choose...
What appears as a constriction and possible subdivision of the nasantorbital
fenestra in your reconstruction seems to be a break in the left (but not the
right) maxilla, judging from the big photo. (And the front part of the "left
jugal" seems to be the left maxilla.) The fragments got somewhat pushed
dorsocaudally, thus constricting the NAOF.
Your mistake with the dendrite would obviously not have happened if you had
used a sufficiently big and detailed photo.