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Re: Eating a Nautilus (attn: Gothgrrl)
I don't claim any expertise here and I'm not a scientist, so ease up on the
I was merely passing on what I saw at the Tyrrell Museum. If you have a problem
this theory, then take it up with Dr. Johnston.
As for limpets, they will scrape out a region of rock or whatever they are on as
large and as thick as their shells. They move around in the daytime in search of
food (algae) but return to this region at night for protection. So maybe they
leave holes on ammonite shells.
As for that 1960 paper (I wouldn't know how or where to get it) you mentioned,
title suggests it was written about one ammonite specimen. Is this true? Not a
large statistical base if it is.
I apologize to the list for being off topic.
Daniel Varner wrote:
> >I am sure many creatures were drilling, boring, and otherwise mutilating
> whatever came to rest on the Cretaceous sea floor. I am at a loss, however,
> how limpets could figure out how to create holes on ammonite shells that
> replicate mosasaur dentitions and skull shapes then multiply those same
> patterns over and over and over again from various angles on an ammonite
> shell. If you haven't read it, see _Kauffman,E.G.and Kesling,R.V.1960, An
> Upper Cretaceous Ammonite bitten by a mosasaur. Contributions of the Museum
> of Paleontology. Univ.of Michigan, 15 (9), 193-248._ This is a classic paper.
> Dan Varner
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