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RE: Oxalaia, new spinosaur from Brazil

  Well, if the dal Sasso et al. specimen, MSNM V4047, is any indication of the 
prevalent morphology in *Spinosaurinae,* the nostril is a tiny opening and thus 
easily mistaken for the maxillary foramen, and thus one may be excused for 
placing the nostril in the antorbital opening, a la pterodactyloid pterosaurs.


Jaime A. Headden
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> Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:24:28 +1100
> From: dannj@alphalink.com.au
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Oxalaia, new spinosaur from Brazil
> On Thu, Mar 17th, 2011 at 9:48 AM, "bh480@scn.org"  wrote:
> > A few images of Oxalaia and the formal presentation can be seen at:
> > http://themes.thestar.com/photo/00Gcgym0VhgSY
> Although having a nostril opening in the antorbital fenestra would've been a 
> handy way to drain the
> sinuses during a bout of chronic sinusitis, I think the artist may need some 
> basic anatomy lessons
> before their next commision.
> Such a mistake wouldn't have happened if the artist had simple copied a GSP 
> illustration like
> eveyone else apparently does... :-)
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