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Fw: Liopleurodon size
> Gavin Rymill wrote:
> >Furthermore, any "maximum" length for a known dinosaur is likely to have
> >less than any species achieved in life. I can't believe for one second
> >all the skeletons found just happen to represent the biggest member that
> >ever lived of each species!!
> Using modern reptiles as a template, dinosaur species most likely kept on
> growing throughout their lives, but once they hit adulthood the rate of
> growth slowed. I don't know if small theropods and enantiornithines
> followed this rule, or, if like modern birds (and mammals), individual
> growth ceased at a certain point.
Kristina Currie Rogers' essay in the _Scientific Book of Dinosaurs_ has the
growth curve of all genera except Dryosaurus flatten out, not quite as fast
as that of modern birds, but still showing that growth ends at a certain
level of maturity.
According to this source, basing dinosaur growth off of modern non-avian
reptiles can be misleading.
Peace out, Demetrios Vital