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Re: Spanish Moss

At 07:17 PM 11/4/97 +0000, you wrote:
>At 05:44 PM 04/11/97 +0000, you wrote:
>> Living in New Jersey has some good points, contrary to popular belief. I
>>was able to pick up a copy of Dodson's_The Horned Dinosaurs_ for $9.99 at a
>>Princeton bookstore the other day. Wayne Barlowe's color plates are quite
>>excellent. I have a question for you all about the dust jacket painting of
>>Chasmosaurus in a cypress swamp. The painting is superb, but I remember
>>hearing once that Spanish Moss is a post-Mesozoic taxon and as evocative and
>>dramatic as it is, unfortunately should be avoided by paleoartists in their
>>non-avian dinosaur restorations. Is this a valid statement?
>Whatever the age of Spanish Moss (which is a monocot in the family
>Bromeliaceae and is therefore a pretty derived plant), the stuff in the
>painting could just as easily be a lichen similar to the modern Usnea,
>which has a very similar growth habit (at least from a distance).  I don't
>know the geological age of Usnea, but I assume that there were lichens in
>the Cretaceous.
>Ronald I. Orenstein                           Phone: (905) 820-7886
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Thanks! My next question would be if Usnea is found in the same type of
climate as one would encounter in western North America in the Campanian.
Forgive me, I'm not as up to speed on plants as I would like to be.
 Dan Varner