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Re: Response to Nick Pharris: Patterns

On Tue, 16 Apr 1996, th81 wrote:

> While plesiosaurs and pterosaurs do seem to have been declining at the end,
> mosasaurs were not.  

It should be remembered here, too, that there were other times when both 
groups were in decline but ultimately pulled through.

> The type of _Mosasaurus_, for example, is from VERY
> close to the K-T boundary, and other taxa were also present at the time.

Hey, that's right!  For all you etymology buffs, the "mosa-" in 
_Mosasaurus_ refers to the Meuse River, which also accounts for the 
"maas-" in Maastricht and Maastrichtian!

> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.

Nick Pharris
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447