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Re: natatory Geochelone
There was an article (in the most recent DinoFest volume, I think) that
discussed marine dinosaur occurences (in particular those in Alabama). It
suggested that the marine dinosaur remains represent carcasses that floated
oceanward. One of the supporting bits of evidence was that extremities are
often missing (toes, limbs, etc.), suggesting scavenging by predatory fish
Of course, an aquatic or semi-aquatic ankylosaur still wouldn't surprise me
too much. They are at least superficially similar to hippos--low to the
ground and barrel shaped.
Don't laugh. A considerable number of ankylosaur specimens occur in
deposits--more, perhaps than any other kind of dinosaur. The nodosaur that
Tracy Ford is presently working on for the San Diego Museum of Natural
History is a typical example.
From: "TRUETT GARNER" <DINOBOY@worldnet.att.net>
I can't find the ref at the moment , but I definitely remember reading
about several ankylosaurids being found in marine formations in the western
U.S. If memory serves me , they were found a good distance from any known
ancient shoreline and were preserved on their backs.
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