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Larry Dunn asks:
Is that necessarily true as to reliability? I've heard that the
> reconstructed skull of Giganotosaurus is pretty inaccurate in size
> (much too big) and the teeth are way oversize in the reconstruction
> (the actual teeth are supposedly smaller and thinner than your
> average-sized tyrannosaurid). Coria has supposedly conceded that the
> reconstructed skull "represents an unusually large specimen" (or
> something like that).
I don't know where these rumors come from! The skull is quite well
documented, (conveniently, what they dont have on one side of the head,they
have on the other!) And there is a second individual they've found of
Giganotosaurus which is 10% larger than this one. The teeth ARE smaller in
proportion to the skull,and almost blade-like; much, much thinner than
T.rex's teeth, implying, I think, a different function on the whole. We
lived with the skull for 6 mos. and examined the material, and I don't
think there will be any controversy about the accuracy of the few sculpted
bits. Dr. Coria is being very conservative, knowing what a brouhaha the
largest meat-eater found so far is likely to start.
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