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Re: paleontolgist, dinosaur



 >
 > Pterosaurs were also wiped out completely; these creatures were
 > only distant cousins of dinosaurs.
 >
They were also apparently GREATLY reduced in diversity throughout
most of the Late Cretaceous.

I suspect they might have died out even *without* a major mass
extinction.

My suspicion is that birds were slowly replacing them already long
before the terminal Cretaceous event. (Much as rodents gradually
replaced multutuberculates during the Eocene).

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