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Re: Frills & spills
Subject: Frills & spills
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 20:09:35 +1000
Begin forwarded message:
Date: Tue Sep 23, 2003 6:10:01 PM Australia/Canberra
To: Ken Carpenter <KCarpenter@dmns.org>
Subject: Re: Horn of plenty
On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at 12:43 AM, Ken Carpenter wrote:
Ah! but no Triceratops bonebeds are known (just unsubstaniated rumors).
They occur as solitary skeletons (hence individuals). Other ceratopsians
(e.g., Monoclonius) do occur in bonebeds. No sweeping generalities about
herding can be made.
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
I see - thanks for that info. In that case, please substitute Monoclonius
for Triceratops in my "hypothesis"!
That is interesting... I wonder why Triceratops would be solitary where
others would live in herds. Apart from the relative size of the animals &
their frill/horn configurations, what really were the differences among
Living in different depositional environments so it only looks like they're
solitary? Different behavior? Who knows? The taphonomic process has a way of
confounding interpretations. :-) (For a good example of this, check out the
literature for the ways the interpretation of the Alberta centrosaurine
bonebeds has changed over the past 20 years).
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