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Re: What does the pteroid point to?

It is rather mobile about several axes for several reasons. It doesn't point straight forward and down, and it isn't always directed toward the tip of the deltopectoral crest.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Habib" <habib@jhmi.edu>
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Subject: Re: What does the pteroid point to?

It depends on what you think the extent of the propatagium is. If the propatagium extends onto the neck, then the pteroid might point towards the lower cervicals, as in the recent manuscripts you cited.


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On Jul 17, 2009, at 8:03 AM, David Peters wrote:

What does the pteroid point to, if not the deltopectoral crest? Three recent studies do not have the pteroid directed toward the dpcrest but somewhere anterior to it and beyond, like the cervical series.

David Peters

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Oryctos. 6:19–39.

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