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Re: Jurassic Park IV
Yes it did. The opening sequence w/ the little girl being attacked by the
"compies(Compsognathus)" was a variation of the beginning of the first
book. In the book, however a partial or whole(MY memory's fuzzy) specimen
was sent to a lab were I believe it was originally thought to be a sort
of basilisk lizard.
Yes -- complete with a description of squamate-specific details of the skin.
Evidently, someone here thought dinosaurs are "reptiles" and squamates are
the default reptiles. <sigh>
(Crichton is in very good company with this line of thought, however. How
often has *Probainognathus* been presented as transitional to the mammalian
jaw joint condition because its surangular participates in the jaw joint?
That's _normal_. In all amniotes (and many other tetrapods) except derived
mammals _and lepidosaurs_, the surangular makes up the lateral 1/3 of the
jaw joint. Or think of the various attempts to interpret skull kinesis into
gorgonopsians, aïstopod amphibians, anthracosaurs, ornithischians,
oviraptorosaurs, *Archaeopteryx*... so clearly squamate-based that some have
proposed mesokinesis in *Archaeopteryx*, meaning a joint between the
frontals and the parietals.)