Re-evaluation of the Haarlem Archaeopteryx and the radiation of maniraptoran theropod dinosaurs

  title={Re-evaluation of the Haarlem Archaeopteryx and the radiation of maniraptoran theropod dinosaurs},
  author={Christian Foth and Oliver W. M. Rauhut},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  • C. FothO. Rauhut
  • Published 2 December 2017
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • BMC Evolutionary Biology
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