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RE: The Most Important Paper in the History of the Universe



Huh?!  What gives, guys -- is April 1 coming early this year?

Dino Guy Ralph
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
Dinosaur and Fossil Education
Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology


Ian Paulsen wrote:
 > HI:
 >   Did you find next to these roadrunner-like tracks, tracks of a paleo
 > version of Wiley E. Coyote?

...funny you should mention that:

Warner, B. 2007. Early bipedal mammals: morphology and taphonomy of 
Palaeocoyotus wilii. Acme Paleontology Online First. doi: 
10.1007/s00564-007-0349-x.

ABSTRACT: We report the discovery of a new specimen of the Early 
Cretaceous canid-like mammal _Palaeocoyotus wilii_, and it's 
implications for the behaviour of Cretaceous mammals. Morphological 
evidence suggests that _Palaeocoyotus_ was at least partly bipedal. The 
skull and distal parts of the skeleton are particularly well preserved, 
but the axial skeleton is badly crushed (under a large anvil). A pair of 
strap-on pterosaur wings found in close proximity suggest rudimentary 
flight capabilities.