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RE: Gargantuavis neck vertebra
I'm amused by the idea that a referred vertebra which does not overlap with the
type material can "confirm its avian nature". Not that I doubt Gargantuavis is
a bird, or that the cervical belongs to it (though there may be two large birds
living there, who knows), but the new vertebra itself doesn't show either
thing. We already had the clearly non-pterosaurian paratype femur MDE-A08
anyway, even if some people thought the pelvis was pterosaurian.
> Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:09:47 -0700
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Gargantuavis neck vertebra
> From: Ben Creisler
> A new online paper:
> ERIC BUFFETAUT and DELPHINE ANGST (2012)
> New evidence of a giant bird from the Late Cretaceous of France.
> Geological Magazine (advance online publication)
> A large heterocoelous cervical vertebra from the Late Cretaceous of
> Cruzy (Hérault, southern France) is described and referred to the
> giant bird Gargantuavis philoinos Buffetaut & Le Loeuff, 1998,
> confirming its avian nature. Gargantuavis appears to have been a
> long-necked bird with possibly a relatively small skull. Derived
> features such as heterocoely suggest that Gargantuavis was an advanced
> ornithuromorph, close to ornithurines.