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Re: Balaur bondac, the double-bladed dromaeosaurid of Transylvania!
>>> It has the usual number of digits; it's just that digit I is
hypertrophied like digit II. (Homeotic shift?)<<<
I don't think a homeotic shift can explain it, as the MTI location
and morph isn't consistent with that (true that the ung[u]al looks
like 2, but ung[u]al 2 still looks like 2, and really, altering claw
shape across theropod phylogeny seems rapid enough to not invoke such
a high-level shift).
But it's really cool either way.
-- Scott Hartman
Scientific Advisor/Technical Illustrator