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Re: natatory Geochelone
In the case of the Galapagos tortise, this makes sense to me. Being cold
blooded, these animals would not need to eat for a long period of time, and
could therefor endure long ocean voyages.
From: "TRUETT GARNER" <DINOBOY@worldnet.att.net>
To: <Farlow@IPFW.EDU>, <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: natatory Geochelone
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2000 11:55:26 -0400
> I can imagine an ankylosaur or other big dinosaur patiently
> such a trip.
However, assuming that dinosaurs were warm blooded, and therefor ankylosaurs
among them, it would seem unlikely that a large (multi-ton) animal could go
for such an extended period of time (days or weeks) without eating.
Yeah, I've read about that too. Would it be possible that this is because
these animals got somehow swept out to sea, and then died of starvation, in
the middle of the ocean. Their bodies would swell, and then burst, leaving
no buoyancy. The animal would sink and tip over onto it's back (presuming
that the back is heavier due to the armor plating, and the lack of
flotation, since the guts have sank and rotted). Thus, you would end up with
an ankylosaur on it's back in a marine layer.
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.
Now, if I could explain how the anky got washed out to sea in the first
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