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Re: Lava and dinosaurs
David Krentz wrote:
> Thankd you all for your answers. I'll spill the beans on what prompted
> a question (dinosaur in lava..what happens to it). I'm working on a sculpture
> and it might be a nice touch to incorperate a triceratops head half sticking
> out of some cooled lava on the base. Would the lava even leave any remenants
> of the of the non- buried portion of the skull, especially those robust horns?
I suspect anything organic would be completely carbonised and destroyed,
including anything within a few metres of the actual flow. If the lava continued
to flow (as it would for some time after organic remains had been destroyed)
then any remaining carbon "stain" (which I doubt there would even be that) would
get smeared by the movement of the lava.
> By the way, It would be great to find a Pompeii like graveyard of dinosaurs
> as many of you suggested. It would be fantastic to fill in the "moulds"
> created by ash and see what kind of castings come out!
> David Krentz
Ash deposits of that age would have been squashed flat by overlying deposits, so
you wouldn't get any hollow spaces.