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Re: Stupid "Theories"
sorry, if this has been posted before, I have not the time to read all the
"stupid theories", however funny they may be; the reference is:
WILFARTH, MARTIN (1949): Die Lebensweise der Dinosaurier. ? 95 pp., 68
figs. (in text, on 3 pls. & 1 insert); (E. Schweizerbart) Stuttgart.
There are some earlier references by the same author, but the most
comprehensive and most developed work is this one.
Dr. Markus Moser
Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkunde Stuttgart
Bayerische Staatssammlung fuer
Palaeontologie und Geologie
> Keeping this within the realm of the naturalistic (rather than the
> supernatural), one of the most truly bizarre hypotheses I've heard is the
> snorkling dinosaur hypothesis. Although most of us with a a "3" or higher
> in the first digit of our age can remember the days when sauropods were
> thought to be snorklers, there was a German writer (whose name I
> unfortunately cannot recall, and I don't have a copy of his book) who came
> up with the idea that ALL dinosaurs were aquatic! (After all, they are
> found in sedimentary rocks deposited in water, right?)
> So theropods and low-built ornithischians were shore dwellwers, but
> ornithischians and sauropodomorphs were all submerged up to their
> The crest of the lambeosaurines served as an anchor for a long fleshy
> snorkle. Dinosaurs experienced a "depth zonation", where different taxa
> lived at different depths offshore (e.g., in the Morrison one would move
> from a Stegosaurus zone to Camptosaurus to Camarasaurus to Diplodocus to
> If anyone can recall the author's name, I'd be much obliged.
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist
> Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
> University of Maryland College Park Scholars
> College Park, MD 20742
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