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July 3, 2012


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It's official. "Otto", the exquisite juvenile theropod specimen that tantalizingly surfaced last year has been published under the name Sciurumimus albersdoerferi. (Anyone else glad they didn't jump on one of its rumored names floating around earlier in the year, "Xaveropterus"? Always wait for the paper. :D )

The big news about this one, aside from being a wonderfully preserved juvenile specimen, is that it is (maybe) a megalosauroid that preserves feathers! Sadly, as glad as I am to see this finally out, it did not push me to "yes-yes-yes" territory considering that the beans were all spilled last year when it was initially revealed.

Edit: According to Dr. Oliver Rauhut, the lead author on the description of Sciurumimus, the nickname "Otto" was never used for this specimen by those working on it and appears to be another internet rumor. So much for me gloating about not using "Xaveropterus"!
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"When I walking on the beach, this is what I see
The coelurosaurs stop and they staring at me
I got a great big bushy tail 
And I ain't afraid to show it (show it, show it, show it)
I'm fuzzy and I know it"

(Hey, at least it wasn't another "Call Me Maybe" parody.)
Tyrannotitan333 Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, so "Otto" is made up!
ZombieSaurian Jul 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
That's amazingly preserved!
classicalguy Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I must ask... 'cause I'm sure we're all wondering XD
Doe's this mean that the bar for feathers in theropods has been extended to include all the Tetanurae? - provided our little Otto does turn out to be a Megalosauroid?
That is correct. (Well, Orionides to be exact, as Tetanurae includes some taxa outside of megalosauroids and avetheropods.)
MattMart Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, at the very least all of Orionides. But Cau found this as a basal coelurosaur, and his analysis included more coelurosaur species, so I'd tend to put more stock in that one. Still pushes the origin of feathers back prior to tyrannosaurs though, which were previously the most basal feathered coelurosaurs.
"Still pushes the origin of feathers back prior to tyrannosaurs though, which were previously the most basal feathered coelurosaurs."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't compsognathids more basal than tyrannosauroids?
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