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RE: Ther[i]zinosaurs - beaked or padded?

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From: keenir@hotmail.com
To: qi_leong@hotmail.com; david.marjanovic@gmx.at; 
Subject: RE: Ther[i]zinosaurs - beaked or padded?
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:37:30 +0000

hotmail was playing with this and didn't send it; sorry.

> Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:26:05 -0700
> From: qi_leong@hotmail.com
> To: david.marjanovic@gmx.at; Dinosaur.Mailing.List@listproc.usc.edu
> Subject:> 
> David,
> I'm not sure what you mean by "in principle." In this case, a "pad" 
> (presumably a cornified pad) versus a keratinous rhamphotheca have 
> differentiable osteological/histological/superficial correlates in various 
> mammalian, avian, and crocodilian taxa, and are contiguous across most of 
> these taxa. This allows us to extrapolate data on how to determine the 
> nature, form, and extent of any tissue covering for the snouts of 
> therizinosauroids, ornithomimosaurs or (my faves, of course) oviraptorosaurs. 
> But the point here is that in principle, the suggestion would require a 
> detailed analysis to answer, and so simply saying "yes" would be enormously 
> gun-jumping.

In similarly specific terms, I'm not talking about the snout.... Just the 
inside of the front of the mouth.

and I was aiming for a rough idea, as this is for a birthday present I'm 
writing (and am doubtful i can illustrate)

I thank you both.