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Dem Dinos, Dem Dinos, Dem Dead Dinos
I just posted the following message to sci.bio, and a kind soul
recommended that I join the dinosaur list-server and ask my question
here. So... That's what I'm doing. I hope I will be forgiven for
suddenly materializing with such a lengthy message.
(Also, please forgive the tone of the message, given that it was
written for USENET and not the more intimate environs of a list
Having grown up watching shows in planetaria and reading the popular
press, I have lived my life believing that dinosaurs kicked the bucket
when a big chunk o' meteorite slammed into the earth, polluted the
atmosphere with enough dust to block the sunlight, and generally caused
a bunch of problems for the old lizards.
However, some acquaintances with a biology bent are now telling me that
I may have been deluded: other, evolutionary reasons set the dinos up
for their fall.
As an inquisitive fellow, I'd like to know more. I had a chance to ask
Robert Bakker *his* opinion recently, and he indicated that general
thinking was along the lines of population mixing and contamination
(!?!), but he couldn't/wouldn't give me any specific sources to learn
more, so of course, I have chosen to turn to the Net.
If you have a pet dead-dino theory AND A REFERENCE OR TWO, I'd like
to hear about it. Obviously, if this is in a FAQ somewhere, flame me
liberally and send me the FTP site. Otherwise, a review article would
be delightful. I'm willing to slog through a variety of sources,
though. No speculation and junk, please--I'd much prefer a nice
reference work to curl up to in my summer deck chair.
(Added to the USENET POST: BTW, although I do not normally read
sci.bio, I'll be keeping tabs on follow-ups for the next few weeks.
But if this turns into a screwy discussion involving Jack Ruby and
conspiracy theory, I'm bailing. E-mail replies will be much
Thanks for all your help!
Ryan Wyatt (email@example.com)
Manager, Burke Baker Planetarium
Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030-1799