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Re: K-T selection event

On Mon, 26 May 1997 09:49:22 -0400 (EDT) John Bois <jbois@umd5.umd.edu>
>On Sun, 25 May 1997, bruce thompson wrote:
>> But as to the survival of
>> mammals and birds, I think it had something to do with the fact that 
>> were seed-eaters and insectivores.  Cockroaches and plants with 
>small seeds
>> obviously survived, and so then did the animals that fed on them.  
>How many
>> insect- or small seed- eating dinosaurs were there?
>Then what do you say to recent molecular-clock findings that suggest 
>_most_ modern bird families (and I suppose their various characters 
>dietary requirments) made it across the K/T?  
>Also, mammal teeth were more diverse than you suggest.
Lots of angiosperms made it across, so why didn't herbivorous dinosaurs
too?  Omnivorous mammals also made it across.  I would guess if any small
dinosaurs existed during the late Cretaceous, they would 've eaten
insects, a very nice, high source of protein that other reptiles take
advantage of today.  I'm sure there were some small pterosaurs that also
were insect eaters.

Judy Molnar
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.