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A marsupial in Madagascar? This is a fascinating idea!!! Madagascan
marsupials could be an offshoot of a Antarctic stock.
Since nothing is known about Madagascar fauna between Cretaceous and
Holocene, there's an amazing blank field to be filled.
The Madagascar mammalian fauna, tenrecs, viverrids, lemurs and the enigmatic
Plesyorycteropus were island-hoopers who came from Africa. What incredible
species of mammals would be inhabitants of post-Cretaceous Madagascar?
Perhaps archaic marsupials and monotremes? xenarthran? condylarthr-like
beasts? Only time will tell.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 2:13 PM
Subject: Dinosaur Genera List corrections #170
> The following appeared in today's New York Times, part of an article on
> Madagascar dinosaur expeditions:
> "Dr. Krause and his team also did some digging. They found new skull
> from meat- and plant-eating dinosaurs and an 'exquisitely preserved skull'
> a large ancient crocodile.
> "The results of some previous expeditions will be disclosed this week in
> journal Nature, due out tomorrow. Dr. Krause will announce the discovery
> fossil tooth from a marsupial mammal that he believes is the earliest
> in the Southern Hemisphere. Until now, the earliest known remains of a
> marsupial in the hemisphere dated back to the Paleocene Epoch, 55 million
> 65 million years ago; this find suggests that marsupials were in the
> Hemisphere during the late Cretaceous period, 65 million to 100 million
> ago. This fossil is approximately 70 million years old, he said.
> "In the same issue, Kristina Curry Rogers, a Stony Brook graduate
> student, and Catherine Forster, another Stony Brook paleontology
> professor, announce the discovery of a nearly complete fossil of a new
> and species of sauropod dinosaur, which they named for Dr. Krause: the
> Rapetosaurus krausei."
> Accordingly, we add genus #918 to the Dinosaur Genera List:
> Rapetosaurus Rogers & Forster, 2001
> (If the Nature article has more or different authors than this quote
> suggests, I'll change their names accordingly.)