Friday, December 11, 2009
Hey look, a new dinosaur!
Sometimes I discuss paleontology on this blog. It's rare, I know. However, today, I've been reading about an awesome new saurischian from New Mexico, from the same area that Vancleavea, Coelophysis and Effigia (among others) are found. This here is Tawa hallae, and it is described as occupying a position between herrerasaurids and neotheropods. Andrea Cau has an alternate, interesting opinion over at Theropoda. I haven't read the paper yet, but Bill Parker has, and he discusses its importance over at Chinleana. I urge you to read both, as the alternate hypotheses regarding the phylogenetic position of Tawa are fascinating. I'll have more to say once I've read the paper myself (hint hint, readers) and maybe drawn my own reconstruction.