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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.
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447