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RE: Re[2]: Trexie and whales..?! (fwd)



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.
b

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Bonnie Blackwell,                               bonn@qcvaxa.acc.qc.edu
Dept of Geology,                                (718) 997-3332
Queens College, City University of New York,    fax:  997-3349
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