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Re: Complete juvenile theropod unveiled in Germany
Mickey and Jaime -- you may both be right. If the Compsognathidae of
conventional usage is paraphyletic (as some analyses have found), then
many characters used to unite _Compsognathus_ and _Juravenator_ would
be primitive for Coelurosauria.
Note also the short forelimbs of the new guy, with a big claw.
Typically compsognathid/basal coelurosaur.
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM, Jaime Headden <email@example.com> wrote:
> It "looks" like a standard basal coelurosaurian. The extremely long tail
> (but without distally lengthed caudal vertebrae) and rostrally-restricted
> dentition, with the _caveat_ that this is a juvenile, imply at least a
> neotheropod, while the uncompressed third metatarsal (apparent even in
> juvenile comsognaths to some degree) imply a non-coelurosaurian. There's an
> ischial boot with a distinct pubosichiadic plate, and I wonder then if it's
> in the carnosaurian portion of the tree. The rostral maxilla has a "process"
> with the external bony nares extending caudally and giving it a "step," while
> the fibula is not strongly restricted below the tibiofibular crest, and these
> are features that crop up in the Neotetanurae at the level of megalosaurs,
> carnosaurs, and such. So I'd place my bets there. Note that I have no clue
> what the potential authors have to say about it.
> Jaime A. Headden
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> "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
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>> Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:18:16 -0700
>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
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>> Subject: Re: Complete juvenile theropod unveiled in Germany
>> Do we have an idea of where this little guy fits in the theropod family tree?
>> ----- Original Message -----
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>> > Even higher-res image of the new guy:
>> > http://mineralientage.de/uploads/tx_downloads/P1150469.JPG
>> > Also, a comment on the article points out that the sedimentology resembles
>> > Late
>> > Jurassic lithographic limestones, and they wonder if
>> > the 135 Ma age is really supposed to be 153 Ma.
>> > Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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