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Re: _Night Comes to The Cretacous_

I totally agree. Currently, there is a lot of available information, but
there has been very little, inter-discipline team work on the subject. All
the data needs to be looked at. But I stand by my earlier posting...if you
want to know what happened to the animals, first determine how plants were

It also not sufficient to say that extinction was caused by bolide impact
(even if that was the ultimate causation). What extinction biology should
describe  is the how and whys of impact upon different ecosystems.- i.e. If
bolide impact caused a mass extinction, how and why did impact effect  a
temperate alpine biome vs. a wetland biome in the southeastern hemisphere. A
dinosaur biologist who specializes in large, predatory therapods would be
more interested in what happened to  T. Rex food supply! And in order to
answer that, the dinosaur biologist must either learn a lot more about
geochemistry, ecology, plant paleontology. It simply makes more sense to put
together a team that enlists work from members of many disciplines- such as
the Alamanac of Bio-Diversity.


-----Original Message-----
From: Sherry Michael <MICHAELS@preit.com>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Friday, August 07, 1998 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: _Night Comes to The Cretacous_

>Well, like I said, this was my opinion. I don't want to start yet another
extinction brawl. However, I think there is a little bit of a difference
between calling a new untested hypothesis "science fiction" and publishing
in a book that pretty much states that everyone who disagrees with the
impact is a crabby, short-sighted, old Uniformitarian. Besides, I think Mr
Charming himself, Alvarez Sr. did enough backtalk to paleos to "pay them
back" for the sin of not swallowing his idea hook, line and sinker.
>IMHO, I think there is a lesson to be learned in all of this. Keeping an
open, cautious mind never hurts. I'm not ready to accept the impact
hypothesis as gospel yet, but I'm also not ruling it out, either. I'm a bit
afraid that people will just start excepting it as fact, when really more
work needs to be done.
>Dinogeorge writes:
>>>But when I started discussing the possibility with certain
>>dinosaur paleontologists, they plain refused to consider it (notable
>>exception, of course: Dale Russell). "Science fiction," I recall one
saying to
>>me. So when the author of _Night_ does some paleo head-bashing, I