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The bigger they were, the bigger everything else quite probably was
On Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at 10:03 AM, MariusRomanus@aol.com
Dann Pigdon wrote:
And yet elephants aren't phased by mud. In fact, they seek it out to
wallow in in hot weather (and to keep bighting insects at bay). <<
Richard W. Travsky wrote:
Hmmm. Anything found that looks like a sauropod (or other beastie)
wallowing spot? <<
You know this HAD to have been going on with dinosaurs. Imagine what a
living hell, sauropods for example (but this goes for all of them),
had to endure with biting insects swarming around their faces,
especially their nostrils... gettin at those soft blood rich tissues.
(I wouldn't count out that their nostrils were laden with parasites
like lice either.) Given the monsoonal regimes the animals apparently
So I wonder why some people are always saying sauropods lived in dry
I remember being up in Quebec right after the ice had gone out. Things
were fine for about a week, but then it started to get warm. As soon
as the temp hit 80, it was like the gates of hell opened up. On came
the head nets and long sleeves... but not before one of those suckers
sliced out a chunk of skin from my eye lid, leaving me a nice circular
scar. I'll never forget seeing 3 moose come running out of the woods
not 15 feet from o!
ur boat and diving into the river to get away from the flies.
Now, does this add weight, so to speak, to the argument that sauropods
WOULD have spent much of their time in the water...? Or would the lakes
and rivers also have been teeming with insufferable parasites back
then? Giant leeches, for example, or perhaps hagfish types.
And I guess I might as well bring this up... If any of you saw Dave
Peters' talk on the Chinese Vampire, *Jeholopterus ningchengensis*, I
hope you were thinking the same thing I was as to where this little
monster was feeding.
That fires the ol' imagination up! Any more info on this beastie?