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Re: Archaeopteryx skull redescribed and reconstructed
The Rauhut paper is quite good. The demonstation of an articulation on the
jugal for the postorbital is particularly nicely done. It will be
interesting to see how this impacts the phylogenetic placement of Archaeopteryx
relative to other deinonychosaurs and birds.
My one problem is that I did a similar, albeit not identical, restoration
in Dinos Air. When I saw the Eichstatt specimen in the castle in 81 I
immediately saw the nonavian nature of the palate etc. I noted the theropodian
nature of the skull in 84, and illustrated it in PDW including a complete
postorbital bar, back when most restoration were still showing widly avain
and kinesis based on no fossil evidence and the premise that Arch was a
birds much closer to modern aves than dinosaurs. Dinos Air of presented a
revised version, and may update it in accord with Rauhut's results. None of my
work is cited in the new paper.