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RE: DINOSAUR digest 3467

> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> David Marjanovic
> Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 2:38 PM
> To: DML
> Subject: Re: DINOSAUR digest 3467
> > Myself I always imagined Oviraptor as medium-sized
> > sprinting predator, similar to cheetah.
> Cheetahs have much more extreme cursorial adaptations, don't they? Plus, the
> beak really looks all wrong for this...

Oviraptor has relatively short stocky legs for a coelurosaur of its size. It's 
on the dromaeosaurid end of things, not on the
avimimid-caenagnathid-troodontid-ornithomimid-tyrannosaurid part of the 

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