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Re: On Terror Birds & Teratorns

Just a thought-
You might all consider emailing Bob Chandler at bchand@gcsu.edu when you wonder outloud about "Terror BIrds" since he IS "Dr. terror Bird"..... I'm sure he'd have some interesting input to you q uestions. He'd be delighted to know we do on occasion talk about more than neonatal birds.....

Carry On,

At 03:46 PM 4/26/2003 -0400, Patrick Norton wrote:
>(Though I recall somewhere that a 15,000 year old Titanis bone was found)<

You may be thinking of an article by Jon Baskin (JVP, 1995, 15(4): 842-844) in which he reports on a right pedal phalanx of Titanis walleri from sediment that >could< be anywhere from early Pliocene to late Pleistocene. Material from those two periods were mixed together at the site, although he does report that the preservation of the Titanis material is similar to the preservation of the Bison and other late Pleistocene faunal material found at that site and unlike the more darkly stained and permineralized Pliocene horse material mixed in. Inconclusive, at best, however. The more firmly dated Titanis material includes the material reported by Robert Chandler (Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History, v 36, no 6, 1994)---which was dated, as I recall, at a couple million years.

Hope that helps,


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