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New gliding reptile: Mecistotrachelos
Hello List members, I hope you do not mind the intrusion of a layperson
who has been fatally bitten with dinosaur-fever... I have been
following the latest discoveries, and the bird-as-dinosaur developments
with intense interest, and this new gliding reptile, has me bursting
out all over to ask the experts: *how do the wings of this new fossil
relate to the maybe-feathers/maybe-scales wings of the Longisquama?
(And do we know for sure that the Longisquama feathers/scales were not
connected by a membrane between them??)
David Peters wrote:
<<Yes, Coelurosauravus is related to Icarosaurus and Mecistotrachelos.
Yes, the wings are homologous. What we see in Fraser's new gliding
reptile is simply a later form that reduced and fused the ribs to the
vertebrae, as in Icarosaurus, yet retained the long neck of
Coelurosauravus -- and made it longer.>>