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Re: Trexie and whales..?! (fwd)
The fellow that was discussing this with me was named (Darell?
Darren?) Tanke, and HE said Phil Currie and he were pretty sure this
animal had the eye rot out while it was alive. And it was apparently
killed in the flood waters while trying to cross a river with the rest
of the herd.
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Subject: RE: Re: Trexie and whales..?! (fwd)
Author: ,"Bonnie Blackwell, x 3332" <qcvaxa.acc.qc.edu!bonn> at nssi
Date: 10/5/95 5:19 AM
It would be very interesting to know if that ``eye infection" was a
premortem feature or a postmortem one. The only way to be certain that
the animal did not die from the infection is to see some healing around
the infected spot. From Betty's description, that does not seem to be the
case. Postmortem damage could look very similar, and it is know to cause
bone dissolution. In a mass death assemblage, rotting carcasses and
dissolving bone would be likely just because not all the organic matter
would have been eaten before putrification set in.
Bonnie Blackwell, email@example.com
Dept of Geology, (718) 997-3332
Queens College, City University of New York, fax: 997-3349
Flushing, NY 11367-1597