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Re: Killer Pterosaurs?
Just thinking about the highly toxic environments of certain
bat-infested caves. The floors are covered with guano and a wide
variety of decaying matter--a really hostile environment. (See David
Attenborough's "The Life Of Mammals") I wonder if there might be some
similar environment created by Pterosaurs in which to breed a certain
kind of disease--something having to do with waste build-up in an area?
I'm just riffin' here.
I'm reminded of that deadly South American disease which, it was
finally discovered, had its source in mouse urine.
(stand by while I Google...)
Hantavirus? How about a kind of "Pterosaur hantavirus"? Caused by some
kind of natural anomaly which allows the Pterosaurs population to
explode (figuratively--although actually exploding Pterosaurs may be
different way to go)? Maybe some kind of insect or prey animal boom
which leads to a Pterosaur boom which leads to...?
Fun to think about.
On Jul 9, 2005, at 12:56 AM, John Hunt wrote:
And birds are dinosaurs!
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Birds were more common than pterosaurs in the Maastrichtian.
Well, okay, the sample size is not terribly large--but that's how it
seems so far.
On 7/8/05, Dinosaur World <email@example.com> wrote:
I'm doing some advanced work for a video project and would like your
opinions on the following.
If I proposed a theory that Pterosaurs were a carrier of, and had
to, a disease that was fatal to dinosaurs, and this disease played a
role in the extinction of dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous. Could youif
please give me your opinions as to the plausibility of such an idea?
you find it implausible, could you please tell me why.
I realize that fossilized evidence of disease is rare, and so there
be much evidence for support or nonsupport of such a theory, but I was
hoping you could give me your personal opinions on this.