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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, sarima@friesen.net 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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