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Re: Dalianraptor - a composite?
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- Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:38:13 +1000
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Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Does this mean that somewhere out there there is a specimen of a
> > small, non-avian theropod with its arms hacked off?
> Uhh, no, I was thinking of Archaeoraptor, which was a big scandal back in
Yes, I was thinking of "Archaeoraptor" too. This was assembled from
broken pieces of different specimens. Rowe et al. (2001; Nature 410:
539-540) is a nice review.
So if (and I stress *if*) _Dalianraptor_ is a composite as well, and
assembled from most of a _Jeholornis_ specimen plus the forelimbs of a
non-avian theropod, then at least one specimen was presumably broken
up in order to fashion this composite. If the forelimbs don't belong
to the same animal as the rest of _Dalianraptor_, I'm curious from
what animal they actually came from.
I'm choosing my words carefully here; this issue is still playing out,
and I'm reluctant to use words like fake and forgery until we have all
the facts on the table.