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Re: Limusaurus Inextricabilis

What an amazing fossil. Looking forward to seeing the paper. The restoration at 
reminds that of alvarezsaurs, at a gross level.

--- On Wed, 6/17/09, Yasmani Ceballos Izquierdo <yceballos@uci.cu> wrote:

> From: Yasmani Ceballos Izquierdo <yceballos@uci.cu>
> Subject: Limusaurus Inextricabilis
> To: "dml" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 11:54 PM
> James Clark, The George Washington
> University's Ronald B. Weintraub Professor of Biology, and
> Xu Xing, of the Chinese Academy of Science's Institute of
> Vertebrate
> Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, have
> discovered a unique
> beaked, plant-eating dinosaur in China. This finding
> demonstrates that
> theropod, or bird-footed, dinosaurs were more ecologically
> diverse in the
> Jurassic period than previously thought and offers
> important new evidence
> about how the three-fingered hand of birds evolved from the
> hand of dinosaurs.
> The discovery is featured in this week's edition of the
> journal Nature.
> "This new animal is fascinating in and of itself, and when
> placed into an
> evolutionary context it offers intriguing evidence about
> how the hand of birds
> evolved," said Dr. Clark.  Clark's graduate student,
> Jonah Choiniere, also was
> involved in analyzing the new animal.
> Dr. Xu, said, "This discovery is truly exciting, as it
> changes what we thought
> we knew about the dinosaur hand. It also is amazing to
> bring conciliation
> between the data from million-year-old bones and molecules
> of living birds."
> Limusaurus inextricabilis (meaning "mire lizard who could
> not escape") was......
> http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS183682+16-Jun-2009+PRN20090616