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RE: Survival

1. No recent fossil record.
2. Small surviving population
3. Considered an "impossible" survivor until recently...

        I am inclined to think Nessie is mostly hype, yet there are
undiscovered and unusual organisms out there. Architeuthis Dux, Komodo
Dragon, Jurassic trees, Megamouth Shark! A vietnamese antelope with nose
slits along the muzzle! I think these images have alot to say about
keeping an open mind towards Craig's original questions. Though I wouldn't
go Nessie hunting tomorrow, I WOULD stare at deep sea cameras searching
for a 100ft squid, or search for the God bear in Siberia.

Chad Laibly
University of Iowa

        "Extra-ordinary claims require extra-ordinary evidence. I would
need to see an alien BODY on a table in order for me to believe..."
                                                        Carl Sagan 

On Tue, 28 Jul 1998, John Clavin wrote:

> So you're talking about a single species, surviving 65 million years (at
> least) with a consistently small population.
> I don't know what the minimum initial size for a gene pool has to be to
> sustain a species for that long. But when you're talking about a small
> population any way it becomes slightly irrelevant.
> In order to facilitate modern sightings of 'Nessie' and her ilk, yet not
> have any physical remains found you must have a very small population. I
> think this one fact makes the answer to all your questions as "impossible".
> John
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Craig Heinselman [mailto:cheinselman@email.msn.com]
> Sent: 28 July 1998 00:54
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Survival
> List,
>         Many of you are more knowledgeable on dinosaur matters than me, but
> I wish to submit a question or two for perusal:
> 1) What are the possibilities that certain dinosaur species survived into
> "recent history" (i.e. last 2000 years) in isolated areas of the world?
> 2) What are the possibilities that aquatic reptiles, such as plesiosaur,
> survived into "recent history" in the oceans/seas of the world?
> 3) What are the possibilities that aquatic reptiles survived into "recent
> history" in inland lakes, such as Loch Ness?
> Regards,
> Craig Heinselman
> Milford, NH  USA
> cheinselman@msn.com
> http://www.geocities.com/~cheinselman