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Fwd: Re: Falcarius utahensis (was RE: Newfound Dinosaur a Transitional Creature)
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> Tim Williams (email@example.com) wrote:
> <The anatomy of _Falcarius_ indicates that the teeth (small, leaf-like) and
> pelvis were among the first things to change in the transition from carnivory
> to herbivory in therizinosauroid evolution. Nevertheless, "similarities
> between the dentition of the basal therizinosaur _Falcarius_ and the basal
> oviraptorosaur _Incisivosaurus_, ... raises the possibility that the common
> ancestor of these clades [Oviraptorosauria, Therizinosauroidea] had already
> undertaken the initial steps in this transition." But I wonder if this
> transition might have begun even earlier, based on the dentition of
> and the posterior shift of the pubic shaft that appears to be primitive for
> This is a very beautiful animal, and I was so happy to finally see it
> presented in Denver last year for SVP. Kudos on a great and imaginitive name!
> To note, though, it is my observation that "rootward" segnosaurs like
> *Falcarius* and *Beipiaosaurus* possessed relatively mesopubic pelves, while
> reversion was occuring in *Nothronychus* and *Alxasaurus*. Similar vertical
> pubes occur in *Nomingia*, *Caudipteryx*, and apparently also in _some_ of
> oldest troodontids, such as *Sinornithoides* (whereas *Sinovenator* appears
> have a somewhat opisthopubic pelvis). It would be likely, therefore, that a
> vertical pubis was the primitive condition for segnosaurs.
> 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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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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