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Re: Upper size limits in dino...
>1) A large continent like Pangaea is as far as you can get up the
>2) Animals at the top of the curve tend to be the largest creatures
>3) If the carrying capacity of a continent collapses, even temporarily, the
>top of the pyramid become unsupportable => extinct.
A nice idea, but it fails on the test. The largest confirmed dinosaur is
the mid-Cretaceous Argentinosaurus, which existed long after Pangaea had
broken up, and when South America was itself an island continent.
Also, the truly Pangaea world of the Permo-Triassic had smaller creatures
than the post-Pangaea Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist in Exile Phone: 703-648-5280
U.S. Geological Survey FAX: 703-648-5420
Branch of Paleontology & Stratigraphy
MS 970 National Center
Reston, VA 22092