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Re: rampant speculation

I wrote:

<<There were no 15-20 feet ornithischians other than Maastrichtian 

George Olshevsky (Dinogeorge@aol.com) wrote:

<What about Stegosaurus, Dacentrurus, Tenontosaurus, a number of ceratopians, 
and a number of
ankylosaurians? These would fall into this size range.>

  I was referring, as was the individual to whom I was replying (Justin Tweet) 
to latest
Cretaceous ornithopods, excluding EK, mid-K, or Jurassic species. However, 
George does bring up a
few Campanian taxa that can be included, such as the Dinosaur Park, Judith 
River, Belly River,
Milk River, and Two Medicine ceratopids like *Styracosaurus*, *Einiosaurus*, 
*Centrosaurus*, *Monoclonius*, *Chasmosaurus*, etc.... These species are of a 
different paradigm
than the "small or medium-sized" taxa that Justin implies as in 
*Thescelosaurus* or *Dryosaurus*
in anatomical specialization [or generalization as used]. The skull of 
*Rhabdodon* is similarly
specialized as an iguanodont jaw is, with several levels of vertically stacked 
teeth forming the
hyper-herbivorous battery that defines this level of ornithopod evolution 
(Rhabdomorpha +
Iguanodon + Hadrosaurus may be a good way to state the node).

  This leaves very few generalized taxa at the end of the Cretaceous ... the 
only purported
omnivores in Campano-Maastrichtian time are oviraptorosaurs, ornithomimosaurs, 
troodontids, and

Jaime A. Headden

  Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Pampas!!!!

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