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Re: need a 2nd opinion, Tamaulipasaurus

Really more curious about that diminutive orbit...


"Jaime A. Headden" wrote:

> David Peters (davidrpeters@earthlink.net) wrote:
> <Tamaulipasaurus>
>   If sphenodontians can redevelope a lower temporal arch, then so can any
> other animal, so the premise of Clark and Hernandez on this point is no
> longer a most parsimonious assessment of the situation, at least with
> regards to lepidosaurs. But it does show that if disparate animals can
> develop similar physical features of the skull (as in caecilian amphibians
> with hyperossified skulls [for amphibians], dibamids and amphisbaenians,
> the more ambiguous *Sineoamphisbaena*, and *Tamaulipasaurus*) for
> apparently similar physical environments, then others can as well. I
> wouldn't be surprised if some captorhinomorphs were partially fossorial
> given their cranial anatomy, or perhaps even the basal parareptilians,
> like owenettids.
> Jaime A. Headden
>   Little steps are often the hardest to take.  We are too used to making 
> leaps in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do.  We 
> should all learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather 
> than zoom by it.
> "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
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