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Re: did mosasaurs echolocate?

You provide no concrete answer(s). However, your
comment that marine mammals cannot "smell" in water is
not relevant (nor factual), and even sea snakes, with
their forked tongues, rely primarily on visual acuity.
Dale Russell's work on mosasaurs several years ago
displayed considerable acumen into their skull
Anyone with constructive insights, and documentary
evidence, is asked to contact me, off-list.
--- David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
> Original Message by Stephan Pickering Thursday, 28.
> November 2002 12:39 
> > Has anyone examined the skull structures of all
> known
> > mosasaurs to ascertain if there is evidence for
> > echolocation-like capabilities?
> If a concave skull roof (for the melon) is such
> evidence, then this has 
> happened, with a negative result AFAIK.
> > As these were,
> > presumably, migratory predators (they did not,
> > needless to say, throw themselves in the air [...]
> Well, maybe they did, for cooling. :-|
> > echolocation and other sensory
> > apparatus would have been feasible, especially in
> high-latitudes.
> However, I doubt it was necessary for finding prey.
> Mosasaurs were related to 
> monitors and snakes, which hunt by smell, enhanced
> by the forked tongue, so I 
> think they were able to smell* in water, something
> no mammal can AFAIK do. 
> Plus, whales are known for their comparatively tiny
> eyes, mosasaurs aren't.
> * OK, not by means of the olfactory epithelium, but
> by Jacobson's organ, 
> which is in mammals inaccessible from the mouth
> because of the secondary 
> palate. Calling this smelling may be misleading, but
> there's no other word...
> What does the paper say what's special about high
> latitudes?

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