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Re: Muddy feet, or not? (JOKE)



Bill:

    Just thought I'd add my info on similar trackways and eggs.

    I too have found such _T. rex_ tracks.  However, my investigations have
yielded about 30+ excess pounds (just look at my pictures on Mickey Rowe's
page entitled "Crazed Brit Invades Philadelphia" - ref: his message 'more
pictures of listmembers')  - and no proof of their existance, due to the
disappearance of the chocolate matrix within several hours of its discovery.

    I do have a egg where chocolate has replaced the shell as well -
apparently containing several embryonic sauropods.  (Apparently, a
multi-birth brought on by fertility plants being consumed by its mother).  I
have been keeping this in the back of a refrigerator (my mother's) for safe
keeping - as I don't trust myself not to devour it.  Locals who wish to
examine it, please contact me....

        Allan Edels  (munch, munch, munch.....)




-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Adlam <wa105@mead.anglia.ac.uk>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: Muddy feet, or not? (JOKE)


>
>I recently purchased part of a tyrannosaurid trackway, identified as T.
rex.
>(Further specimens are on sale, but per the list's charter I shall not name
the
>source.)  The tracks were clearly left by a juvenile, perhaps a hatchling,
as
>each print was only 35mm long and 30mm wide.  Three toes were clearly
splayed
>out and seem to be pointed, almost triangular.
>
>No distinct claw traces are visible, but there is a small impression behind
>each footprint presumably corresponding to the retroverted digit IV.  (It
is
>IV, isn't it?)  This is included in the length quoted above.
>
>A particularly unusual property of this ichnofossil is the matrix itself.
>Although it has of course hardened considerably over the 70 million years
or so
>since the tracks were made, its chemical composition seems to be largely
>unchanged.  This particular trackway was left not in wet clay, but in
softened
>chocolate.
>
>A sample of the material was subjected to a battery of bioassays, which
>confirmed that the principal ingredients were milk and cocoa, but suggested
>that further testing would be desirable.
>
>The fortuitous preservation of this fossil throws a fascinating insight
into
>North American Cretaceous ecology.  It is likely that insects were
attracted to
>sun-melted chocolate, but became trapped in the sticky surface (none were
found
>in this specimen, however).  The juvenile tyrannosaur may have been in
pursuit
>of insects, but it might equally have been accompanying one or more adults
>hunting sweet-toothed ceratopians.
>
>I also have a Brachiosaurus egg, which is similar in shape to a Gallus egg,
and
>is approximately 150mm long by 100mm across.  The effects of heat and
pressure,
>and exposure to circulating chemicals for millions of years have led to a
>process of molecule-by molecule replacement of the original shell by a
mixture
>of milk and white chocolate.
>
>If you have any enquiries concerning these and similar specimens, I will be
>happy to investigate further.
>
> All the best,
>
> Bill
>