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Re: Confuciusornis beaks

Christopher Collinson wrote:

> Is the lower jaw really that bowed? from the photo it looks like the jaw
> became disarticulated and is exposed in a ventral aspect, with what the
> authors have as the mandibular fenestra is really just the space between
> two rami.

I don't think one of the halfs of the lower jaw is in ventral aspect in the
picture. What I suspect to have happened here is that when the animal died,
the two halfs that make up the lower jaw became disarticulated and that we
are here looking at a lateral view of the left half and a medial view of the
right half. So I do believe the authors correctly identief the mandibular
fenestra, they just made the mandible in the line drawing to massive, or at
least, more massive than it was.

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