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RE: Gargantuavis a bird, not a pterosaur

  No. The ilia and sacrum in the specimen are somewhat crushed, and although I 
infer the same is also true for *Avimimus portentotsus* (PIN 3907/1), it would 
not drastically alter the perspective of the iliac orientation enough to change.


  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:26:15 -0300
> Subject: Re: Gargantuavis a bird, not a pterosaur
> From: augustoharo@gmail.com
> To: qi_leong@hotmail.com
> CC: jaseb@amnh.org; dinosaur@usc.edu
> 2011/7/5 Jaime Headden <qi_leong@hotmail.com>:
> >
> >
> > 5, The ilia face dorsal in *Gargantuavis philoinos* as they do in virtually 
> > all ornithothoracean birds, and in *Avimimus portentosus*; this face is 
> > such that the entire lateral face of ilium when viewed from above is 
> > visible. In therizinosauroids, this is true only for the preacetabular ala, 
> > but not anywhere posterior to above the acetabulum, and this is 
> > particularly notable because the preacetabular ala in therizinosauroids 
> > resemble strongly the condition of graviportal mammals is being deep, 
> > thick, and laterall deflected (so that the lateral face is also viewable 
> > from the poaterior as well as the dorsal). This doesn't happen in any 
> > oviraptorosaur or bird [qualifier: that I know of].
> >
> Can it be ruled out that deformation generated the observed pattern in
> Gargantuavis?