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RE: Sauropterygian falls?
There was such a paper that came out in Palaios, as I recall, about
speculating the contribution Mesozoic marine reptiles would make to the
deep sea ecology. I think it came out in 1998 or 1999.
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology
and Chief Preparator
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205 USA
ph: 303-370-6392/ or 6403
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> Dear list members,
> I happened to chance upon an interesting article on Nature
> (433, 557-668 10 February 2005; pages 566-567) about
> communities thriving on sunken whale corpses.
> The online version of the article is here
> Perhaps off topic but I can't help wonder what animals would
> constitute this type of communities in the Mesozoic as there
> were sauropterygians and ichthyosaurs in those days.
> Now comes the wanton speculation...
> This means if there were these sorts of communities in the
> Mesozoic any finds of megafaunal fossils in marine sediments
> will be more rare than they until now are supposed to be, and
> of course of cetacean fossils in the Cenozoic.
> Though I think since the K-Pg produced a massive dead fall of
> not only marine animals but also terrestrial ones, that one
> could find a telltale signature in the sediments of that
> abyssal bounty.
> Renato Santos
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