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Re: Dromaeosaur skull from Inner Mongolia (news)

I concur: the "skull" appears to be a partial sacrum viewed from
below, if the long bony "rods" represent fractures of the iliac
blades. There are no similar structures in archosaur skulls resembling
two sets of transverse "rods" followed by one broad set.

On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Mickey Mortimer
<mickey_mortimer111@msn.com> wrote:
> 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 group.
> 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

Jaime A. Headden
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