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Re: Mesozoic rain forest/Bat 'brane



>     I understand the distinction Nick is making, but I thought that a rain
>forest as we know it could not have existed during most of the dino's days.
>Of course angiosperms were not around for the first half (or so) of the
>Mesozoic, when the pterosaurs made their appearance.  The question then is
>whether gymnos, etc. developed the same canopied forest structure.
>Preservation bias notwithstanding, is there any evidence for such a
>structured environment?

Aside from the Pacific NW, araucarias and podocarps are certainly
rainforest components in New Caledonia and New Zealand - and don't forget
tree ferns, a major lower-level component of many rainforests in the
Pacific region.
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