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RE: Dromaeosaur skull from Inner Mongolia (news)

The short prezygapophyses and chevrons suggest a troodontid for photo 1, or 
maybe something like Mahakala.  The second photo is quite confusing.  I'm 
pretty sure that's not a theropod skull.  The top structure looks sort of like 
a sacral vertebra in dorsal view, but the two cruciform structures below don't 
make sense in that interpretation.  Given the symmetry, it's probably the 
braincase/palate of something, and is probably obvious to an expert on that 

Mickey Mortimer

> Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:44:24 -0800
> From: bcreisler@gmail.com
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Dromaeosaur skull from Inner Mongolia (news)
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> I tried posting this multiple times in a bigger posting that did not
> get through to the DML. I'm dividing it up to see if that works.
> Photo gallery for new fossils found in Inner Mongolia in China, based
> on a news story posted earlier in English (here in Chinese)
> http://www.nmg.xinhuanet.com/tpzx/tpxw/2014-11/09/c_1113173842.htm
> 1: (tail vertebrae) and 2: (skull) are said to be a dromaeosaur; 5:
> dinosaur eggs
> Link to dromaeosaur skull photo:
> http://www.nmg.xinhuanet.com/tpzx/tpxw/2014-11/09/c_1113173842_2.htm