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Fwd: Dromaeosaur skull from Inner Mongolia (news)

Actually, this comment was meant for the DML in general.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Subject: Re: Dromaeosaur skull from Inner Mongolia (news)
To: Mickey Mortimer <mickey_mortimer111@msn.com>

Ben Creisler

As I noted, "said to be a dromaeosaur"... The Chinese caption for the
"skull" reads:

chilong [dromaeosaur] lei [type] tougu [skull] huashi [fossil]

Of course, mainstream media in China is not a reliable scientific
source---just like media in America.

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