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Re: Looking for patterns in extinctions.
From: John Bois <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 3. Well, anyway, here is a pattern which explains survivors as
> well as losers. Things that survived the K/T were stealthy egg
> layers (birds, snakes, turtles, and lizards), non-egg layers
> (most mammals), and crocodiles (niche sovereigns).
Except that, according to Archibald's data from the Hell Creek
and Lance formations, 75% of the lizards and about 70% of the
marsupials also died. [He lists only one fragmentary booid snake
from the Hell Creek, and declines to guess whether it survived or
not, on the grounds of insufficient evidence].
> Things that
> didn't make it were non-stealthy egg-layers, i.e., the dinosaurs.
And NO salamanders died, and I would call them non-stealthy egg-layers,
although they *are* aquatic egg-layers. [Salamander egg masses take
the form of large gelatinous clumps].
The peace of God be with you.