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Re: Kurochkin 2006 critique

Quoting Michael Mortimer <mickey_mortimer111@msn.com>:

David Marjanovic wrote-

3. "the distal head of the femur has a lateral crest;"  Absent in
Archaeopteryx (Chiappe, 2002).

Distal head? What does that mean?

Some enantiornithines (e.g. Neuquenornis, Concornis) have a crest continuous with the lateral condyle, extending along the posterolateral margin of the distal shaft. Halimornis lacks it.

I agree with David that calling the distal end of the femur the "distal head" sounds a little odd, though this may be a translation issue.

Nick Pharris
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan

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