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Re: Sauropod Necks
At 11:25 PM 7/13/00 -0400, Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
In a message dated 7/13/00 8:00:59 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
<< It is possible that the long necks in sauropods are in a sense relicts of
their prosauropod-ish ancestry, which have been co-opted for some other
purposes in the larger animals. >>
Prosauropods are not "sauropod ancestors" (popular misconception that still
holds sway); they're a sauropod sister group.
I am yet to be convinced of that.
But even if so, the ancestors of sauropods must have been very *similar* to
prosauropods, in order to get from a _Herrerasaurus_-like condition to the
sauropod condition. That is why I said "prosauropod-ish", not "prosauropod".
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