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In a message dated 12/6/99 7:40:03 AM Pacific Standard Time, NKing@usi.edu
How do we know that when mosasaurs caught ammonites, they bit into the
shells with full force? Would ammonite shells react the same way to such
bites as Nautilus shells, with the extremely complex suture pattern of
Placenticeras compared to the straight sutures of Nautilus? Did the
Nautilus shells have living Nautilus in them when they were bit by the
machine? Was the experiment performed under water?
Norm saved me a lot of writing. I couldn't agree with him more. The
Kauffman and Kesling paper was very convincing. I mentioned in a post here
some years back that the odds of limpets creating bore holes that exactly
mimic numerous mosasaur bite marks on BOTH sides of the shell had to be
As for Globidens, there is a specimen that has a possibility of stomach
contents that I pray reaches the prep table in my lifetime. More later, I
hope. Dan Varner.