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Re: FISHY SPINOSAURS
Jonathan Wagner wrote:
>>The material in question is a GIGANTIC partial skull shown by Angela Milner
>>at the 1996 SVP meeting.
> For those of us wtill feeling sorry for ourselves because we
>couldn't go to SVP (anyone who knows where '97 is, please e-mail me
Well, it is general enough information that lots of people might want to know:
1997 - Chicago
1998 - Snowbird, Utah
1999 - Denver
2000 - Mexico City (I may have the last two backwards).
> would you (Dr. Holtz) kindly repeat your earlier courtesy and
>elaborate on the specimen shown by Milner, if this is at all possible?
Sure. I guess that would be okay.
There is a lot of spinosaurid material showing up in northern Africa. Some
of it is in scientific collections; other material is in private hands.
Milner showed a slide of an incredibly huge snout (palatal view) of a
long-nosed form (Spinosaurus itself, perhaps), and noted that this
particular specimen is in a private collection somewhere.
>>Unfortunately, it is in private hands, so they couldn't get more details
> This sounds like a job for the...
> CLADISITIC ASSASSIN!
Now, don't go hurting anybody!
>>A monster: twice Baryonyx's size or so.
> Ummm... do you suppose it's time for all of us to rub
>_Giganotosaurus_ off the number one spot in the Top Ten Heaviest Terrestrial
>Carnivores of all Time list? Calvinosaurus Wattersoni indeed!
Well, Giganotosaurus is still GIGANTIC, and is the largest theropod for
which we have a reasonable amount of material. Until we know more about the
anatomy of the big Spinosaurus, it will be difficult to estimate its mass.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661
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-- Tim the Enchanter, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
---------- subtitle --[Monty Python ik den Holy Grailen]
"Tim?!? They called me TIM?!?!"
-- Tom the Paleontologist, on seeing "The Ultimate Guide to T. rex" :-)