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On Mon, 26 Nov 2001, aspidel wrote:
> From: <darren.naish@port.ac.uk>
> > Further to the recent discussion on this list about gnetophytes, I have a
> > question..
> >
> > One of Heilmann's most famous drawings is of a group of
> > ornithomimids walking around/feeding from a large plant that looks
> > something like a _Welwitschia_. Is it a _Welwitschia_ and, if not,
> > what is it?
> Hi Darren,
> A www.google.com image search gives you good photos of _Welwitschia_ to
> compare with the drawing.

The October 27th (?) Science News had a really interesting article on 
Welwitschia. Focused a lot on respiration and how well adapted to the 
desert it is. other material on Welwitschia I've read says it (or its
ancestors) go back to the mesozic. So it may be more a case of
"something like a _Welwitschia_".

> You can also send me a scan of the drawing, I'll tell you what I think.
> Friendly - Luc J. "Aspidel" BAILLY.