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RE: The Cretaceous Middle-East
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> >>Ah, a good dollop of speculation is just what I need to get my
> day going!<<
> I don't know of any late Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Middle
> East (although there
> were some nice whales found there), but dinosaurs from Asia may
> certainly have
> been present. Africa is going to present a problem because I
> don't think Africa
> and Asia ever connected in the the Cretaceous. Land bridges are
> possible, but I
> wouldn't bet on it.
Until well into the Cenozoic, the Arabian Peninsula was fully attached to
Africa. The rifting in that region, including the counterclockwise rotation
of the Arabian Peninsula, is a very recent phenomenon. So Arabian dinosaurs
would be African dinos.
Also, as Dan pointed out: evolution happens. An unaltered living
Velociraptor or Afroventor in modern Yemen is as likely as an unaltered
living Stegosaurus in Denver or Laramie. Change 'em: don't just use the
same old known critters.
The REALLY unrealistic part is the department wasting its resources sending
an undergraduate to check it out: make it at LEAST a graduate student...
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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