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The Little Guys by Qilong The Little Guys by Qilong
Skulls of Incisivosaurus gauthieri (= Protarchaeopteryx gauthieri to some), a specimen referred to Caudipteryx zoui but is potentially a distinct species, Avimimus portentosus plus a lot of imagination, and the original skull of Caudipteryx zoui (not how the skull is so different from the one right above it).
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ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
very neat. shows quite some diversity among the little guys too
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Writer
It's funny how beaks evolved in the animals with the most absurd "incivors"
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, marvelous reconstruction :clap:.

So Incisivosaurus Gauthieri may be dubious? Would it be an adult variant of P. Gauthieri or merely a more intact spacemen then the holotype? I have a lot of research/reading to catch-up on ^^;.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Right now, it's that someone (Paul Senter) argued that Incisivosaurus gauthieri is close to Protarchaeopteryx robusta, and the two species were sister taxa. It's possible they represent the same species, although the absence of good cranial material in the second taxon and any postcranial in the first makes this very difficult to test. The argument from Senter then suggested that Incisivosaurus gauthieri be referred to Protarchaeopteryx as Protarchaeopteryx gauthieri. So far, it seems most people just don't include Protarchaeopteryx robusta in their analyses at all, or prefer to keep them separate, even though a clade Protarchaeopterygidae is supported.
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, I didn’t know Incisivosaurus gauthieri and Protarchaeopteryx robusta were in such a mess. I feel that in taxonomy, no stone should be left unturned, so that there are less pointless arguments and so we make sure not to miss the potently obvious. And yes, I understand its not always that simple, but still. Anyhow, thank you kindly for the update :).
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