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Re: Sinornithoides in DA... the first Sleeping Dragon.
In a message dated 8/13/2005 8:29:53 PM Alaskan Standard Time,
>> Indeed, this is true. The authors of the *Mei* paper noted
*Sinornithoides* similar posture, but indicated that the preservation level was
compared to that of *Mei*, so that their new taxon was "conclusive" whereas the
Chinese animal was not. Debate concerns whether curled up in a "sleeping"
posture is verifiable, as to that of huddling during a volcanic disaster or
eolian/sandslide burial. <<
I don't believe what we have here is a sleeping posture either. It really
looks as if what we actually have preserved is the futile attempt to protect
against a volcanic/landslide onslaught. (I must have somehow forgotten the
of Sino's posture in Mei's paper. I didn't bother to go back through it
before posting. Regardless, I don't see what's so inconclusive about Sino's
in respects to Mei's anyway.)