STL Science Center

STL Science Center

04 August 2015

Solitary Press

Asilisaurus kongwe only really completely exists in a single paper. That paper, however, is the main describing paper that discusses the fossil and the inferred phylogenetic placement of the material on the tree of dinosaurs. The initial paper is not actually as deep and detailed as one would imagine; it appeared as a three page letter to Nature. Many papers these days do not describe animals in the same amount of detail as earlier papers did though, so a short paper, three pages being an acceptable average, describing a fossil has become the standard in fossil identification. Not everyone has the material and in depth description of a John Ostrom did with Deinonychus.

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