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Re: Baldaur bondac, the double-bladed dromaeosaurid of Transylvania!
Today at 00:28 Central European summertime, Scott Hartman got truncated:
Pelvis seems really squished. The hand is awesome! Also, while the
foot is neat because of the enlarged trenchant first ungal, let's
not overlook that metatarsal 1 has migrated distally and is allowing
nearly full contact with the ground. It looks like what I'd expect as
an intermediate grade between Falcarius and more derived
therizinosaurs (note: I'm making no such phylogenetic claim, just
getting excited about the convergence).
Anyways, really neat, and if the pairing with Velociraptor holds
then it looks like even after 100 million years or so of tridactylism
it still wouldn't have been too difficult for theropods to reverse to
4 (or nearly 4) functional toes for terrestrial locomotion.