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Re: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur

Why names that no one can pronounce ???


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> Datum: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:18:22 -0700
> Von: Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>
> An: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Betreff: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur

> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A new online paper:
> Jonah N. Choiniere, Catherine A. Forster & William J. de Klerk (2012)
> New information on Nqwebasaurus thwazi, a coelurosaurian theropod from
> the Early Cretaceous (Hauteriverian?) Kirkwood Formation in South
> Africa.
> Journal of African Earth Sciences (advance online publication)
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2012.05.005
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1464343X12001082?v=s5
> We performed additional preparation on the holotype skeleton of
> Nqwebasaurus thwazi and discovered new skeletal material from the
> holotype. We describe this material, which includes a maxilla with
> small, conical, unserrated teeth as well as bones of the braincase, as
> well as parts of the holotype postcranial anatomy that were previously
> poorly documented. We incorporate this new anatomical information into
> a broadly sampled matrix designed to test theropod relationships. Our
> phylogenetic results hypothesize that Nqwebasaurus is the basalmost
> ornithomimosaur, and recover numerous characters supporting this
> relationship, including features of the maxilla, frontal, dentition,
> axial skeleton, forelimb and hindlimb. Nqwebasaurus is the first
> African ornithomimosaur and the first Gondwanan member of this group
> known from articulated skeletal material, supporting the hypothesis
> that coelurosaurian groups were cosmopolitan during their early
> evolutionary history. The presence of reduced dentition and a gastric
> mill in Nqwebasaurus strongly suggest that this taxon was herbivorous.

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