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Re: Biggest Predator
In a message dated 97-10-10 03:01:58 EDT, Gothgrrl writes, concerning
> However, Romer (1966) gives "more than 40 feet" and THE
> MACMILLAN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DINOSAURS AND PREHISTORIC ANIMALS
> (Dixon, Cox, Savage, Gardiner 1988) gives "42 ft."
The recently published book "Ancient Marine Reptiles", edited by Jack
Callaway and Elizabeth Nicholls, contains the following quote:
*The largest Mesozoic marine reptiles include the pliosaur Kronosaurus and
the ichthyosaur Shonisaurus, which both reached lengths of around 15 meters.*
So Caitlin, your figures seem to err a bit on the side of caution, rather
than exaggerate the size of these amazing creatures.
The following reference is cited for this data:
Carrol, R.L. 1988 "Vertebrate Paleontology And Evolution". W.H. Freeman
and Co., New York, 698 pp.
The Callaway/Nicholls book is truly excellent BTW, and quoted above without