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Re: DWARFED TETRAPODS
In a message dated 97-01-24 03:27:37 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org (Darren Naish)
<< ...it seems instead that the modern
mammalian megafauna consists of *dwarfed* members (rather than the
representatives being giants). This is causally related to late Pleistocene
changing climatic conditions with a decimation of local biotypes... >>
One of those exceptional circumstances to which I referred in previous posts
on this subject. And the Pleistocene-Recent "dwarfing" is not all that
significant, anyway. A few percent. Plus a lot of this so-called "dwarfing"
is an artifact of the differential survival of smaller forms versus the
simple extinction, without descendant species, of larger forms.