Re: Important new fossil [Scipionyx]

Keith B Miller (
Sat, 30 Jan 1999 20:27:24 -0600


>_Velociraptor_ and the various Dromaeosaurs ["sickle-claws"
>collectively] are very similar in form to _Archaeopteryx_, but several
>actually have skeletal features related to flight MORE advanced than
>"Archie". It's unlikely that such large animals evolved advanced flight
>characteristics at their current sizes, but very likely that they
>evolved from smaller volant forms. The find in Madagascar of a fossil
>flying, sickle-clawed bird _Rahonavis ostromi_ suggests this very

What is the reference for the _Rahonavis ostromi_ specimen. I must have
overlooked that article. Thanks.


Keith B. Miller
Department of Geology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506