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RE: The Croc That Wanted to Be a Dinosaur
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> Tim Williams
> >>Alternate title, from M. Keesey: "Crocs: The Original Dinosaurs"
> Turning it around, and looking at archosaur evolution from a less
> dinosaur-centric viewpoint, ornithomimosaurs were shuvosaur-mimics. After
> all, the suchians got there first. :-)
As I mentioned on Carl Zimmer's blog "The Loom", chatterjeeids are ostrich
mimic mimic mimics (using the normal [backwards]
paleontological version of "mimicry"). Ratites -> ornithomimosaurs ->
_Elaphrosaurus_ -> chatterjeeids. (Okay, we don't have
_Elaphrosaurus_'s skull, and chatterjeeids don't have particularly elongate
hindlimbs, so these two are foreshadows of
ornithomimosaurs and ratites in different ways).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
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