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RE: The Triebold caenagnathid is at the Carnegie Museum

Renato Santos (dracontes@hotmail.com) wrote:

<caenagnathids (why did they get this name: "recent jaw"?)>

  When Gilmore named *Caenagnathus*, he considered it to be a bird bearing a
lot of similarities to paleognaths; the jaw was Cretaceous, but appeared to
have similarities to "Recent" birds, and thus named the animal as a "Recent
jaw" due to these similarities. It would later be interpreted as a reptile
(rather than a non-reptilian bird), and now we know the jaw structure is
convergent due to toothed early oviraptorosaurs.


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.

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