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Re: Australian spinosaur

On Wed, Jun 15th, 2011 at 11:38 AM, "bh480@scn.org" <bh480@scn.org> wrote:

> Apparently the paper will appear in Biology Letters, but it's not posted
> there yet. Here are links to two news stories:
> http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2011/june/first-australian-spinosaur-dinosaur-had-global-
> http://www.livescience.com/14595-crocodile-nosed-dinosaur-australia.html

I'm afraid I'll take the spinosaur affinities of this partial cervical with a 
grain of salt, if the history 
of identifying scrappy Australian material is anything to go by. That said, I 
wouldn't be surprised if 
spinosaurs lived in this part of the world.

There was a footprint from Western Australia that was once thought to have been 
made by a 
spinosaurid, due to apparent traces of webbing between the toes. I haven't 
heard anything more 
about it for about 20 years though (I think it was in one of the earlier 
editions of the W.A. 
Museum's "Dinonews").


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj