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Re: Darwin's young dead pet from Messel
I've been looking at a photo I've got of an earlier primate find from
Messel; a pelvis with rear legs of a male. In contrast to /Darwinius/ it
has the expected grooming claw on the second toe of the foot. That's set me
wondering about the added parts of the doctored B-plate in the new
publication. That's the plate that found its way to some private museum in
Wyoming by some means or other.
Apart from seeming to be a bit big, it looks like a heck of a good
impersonation of the foot of the A-plate. Admittedly, the big toe looks too
thin, but that could conceivably be due to a somewhat different angle. I
can't see any sign of a grooming claw.
Whoever did those "improvements" had some interesting odds and ends
available, which presumably came from Messel.