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Ceratonykus

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The alvarezsaurs were rather curious theropods, once thought to be primitive flightless birds. Ceratonykus oculatus is a new species discovered in Mongolia (Late Cretaceous) and known from fragmentary remains.
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EmperorDinobot's avatar
Such a cute little critter. Coelurosaurians are sure as hell insanely diverse.
Dgylia's avatar
Awww so cute ~~~
tassietyger's avatar
So, are they Paraves or basal Maniraptorians?
NTamura's avatar
Either a basal Maniraptoran or a sister group to the ornithomimosaurs.
Ryivhnn's avatar
That is rather curious, those forelimbs. Nice patterns you put on it :)

I'm always fascinated that things can be conceived from fragments, leaves a lot to artistic interpretation don't it? :)
NTamura's avatar
Reconstruction is based on related more complete genera such as Shuvuuia.
avancna's avatar
Well, it helps that the fragments are usually compared to whole, or, at least, less fragmentary specimens of close relatives.
Ryivhnn's avatar
It would. I'm sure this is a reason why I topped doing biology, I miss blatantly obvious things :)
JohnFaa's avatar
Its interesting how the more basal forms are Gondwannan and the more advanced ones occur in Mongolia. Probably they evolved in the south and went to the north via landbridge like Alamosaurus
NTamura's avatar
Yes indeed...
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