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This is more of a geophysical question than a strict dinosaur one, but I hope
you'll bear with me.
Would it be accurate to say that the present Gulf of Mexico is equivalent to,
although smaller than, the "shallow inland sea" that ran north to south
across this continent during much of the Mesozoic, separating the young
Rockies from the eastern half of the continent? Am I safe to assume that it
could be considered as the last remnant of that sea? Are there any estimates
as to the depth range of that ancient inland sea?
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