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RE: New Chinese coelophysid (unnamed) photos

I agree with Mickey that the skull appears to be preserved to the tip, due to 
the mandible's preservation (or that they are equally truncated, then separated 
in post mortem position). However, the preservation of the material (and 
possibly the incomplete preparation) makes assessing the morphology of the 
snout difficult; I cannot even see a distinct margin for the external naris, 
much less the shape of the premaxilla.


Jaime A. Headden
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> Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:59:27 -0700
> From: mickey_mortimer111@msn.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: RE: New Chinese coelophysid (unnamed) photos
> Augusto Haro wrote-
> > It seems to me that the premaxilla is not preserved...
> I considered that possibility, but it seems odd that the mandible would also 
> have its anterior end unpreserved, especially since the mandible is 
> perpendicular to the skull.  Could be true though, and in that case I 
> wouldn't have an issue with the specimen being coelophysoid.
> Mickey Mortimer