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RE: natatory Geochelone




> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Farlow,James
> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 12:40 PM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: natatory Geochelone
>
>
>      Somebody has asked about whether giant tortoises can swim.
> Apparently
>      they float like corks:
>
>      "Giant tortoises are capable of oceanic crossings, riding the waves
>      like an inflatable raft, head up, patient, enduring days or
> even weeks
>      afloat."  David Quammen, 1996, _The Song of the Dodo: Island
>      Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, Scribner, pp. 121-23.

Indeed, if they didn't float, there wouldn't BE any Galapagos tortoises (or
Aldabaran tortoises).

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                Vertebrate Paleontologist
Department of Geology           Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland          College Park Scholars
                College Park, MD  20742
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