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FW: Tinamous: living dinosaurs



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> From: qi_leong@hotmail.com
> To: jaseb@amnh.org
> Subject: RE: Tinamous: living dinosaurs
> Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:53:09 -0600
>
>
> Is it a worthy model to test against the data? Sure. Note that one condition 
> implying sex in bones is available, that of medullary bone. Several nesting 
> specimens of oviraptorid and troodontid are known, so this is particularly 
> available to investigate if these specimens are either wholly or consistently 
> one gender. If it's male, I'll grant you you can support your model.
>
> http://www.sciencemag.org/content/322/5909/1826.full.pdf
>
> This implies that the troodontids and oviraptorids sampled were likely male, 
> although the authors offer the caveat that medullary bone is quickly 
> resporbed. So as far as that goes, sure. Whether any extant animal should be 
> considered the model for behavior of an extinct, and more basal form, I think 
> we're on shakier ground.
>
> Cheers,
>
>   Jaime A. Headden
>   The Bite Stuff (site v2)
>   http://qilong.wordpress.com/
>
> "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
>
>
> "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
> different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
> has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
> his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 
> Backs)
>
> > Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:17:27 -0400
> > From: jaseb@amnh.org
> > To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> > Subject: Tinamous: living dinosaurs
> >
> > I put up a new blog post about Tinamous, and how they are underexploited
> > as models for extrapolations about the biology of extinct maniraptorans.
> > Since their egg brooding behavior is comparable to Troodon and
> > oviraptorids, can we infer that the behavior between the father and the
> > chicks was the same also?
> >
> > http://web.me.com/jasonbrougham/Site/Blog/Entries/2011/6/18_Tinamous__Living_dinosaurs.html
> >
> >
> > Jason Brougham
> > Senior Principal Preparator
> > Department of Exhibition
> > American Museum of Natural History
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> > jaseb@amnh.org
> >
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