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Re: Shortisquama etc - can anyone translate Japanese?
David Marjanovic wrote:
In case he takes them serious (seems so, as other pages contains links to
serious DML posts): [snip]
Anyway, I wonder he apparently doesn't know Harry Potter, this has been
translated even into Chinese...
There was no mention of Mickey's _Carnopteryx volanticus_, the flying
allosaur from Liaoning.
A possible explanation for the selectivity of mass extinctions (ref later)
is that the susceptibility to pyrotoxins (originate in forest fires, and
K-T bolide did start worldwide forest fires, apparently 10 % of all biomass
on land burned) varies a lot between species. Rather untestable, though.
Unfortunately, forest fires are all too common in Australia (especially when
the February Dragons roar through). I don't believe anyone has compared the
susceptibility of various components of the fauna to pyrotoxins.
I have heard that koalas often show greater survival rates than other
marsupials during bushfires. Kangaroos tend to tear-ass through the burning
forest in a blind panic (literally), which often increases their chances of
injury. By contrast, koalas just stay up in the trees, petrified with fear
and not moving a muscle. It's a "strategy" that pays off. Koalas are
incredibly cute and cuddly, and I love them to death, but they're also one
of the dumbest mammals ever to inhabit planet Earth - even dumber than sheep
(or so I've been told). Not sure if they're dumber than sloths.
Timothy J. Williams
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50014
Phone: 515 294 9233
Fax: 515 294 3163
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