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Re: Dinosaur Toe Found on S. Pacific Island
> "Aha...this confirms my theory that an island, still unknown to man,
> exists in the south pacific and is inhabited by dinosaur feet.
The Faroe Islands are in the North Atlantic - halfway between Iceland and
Norway, and a long way from the South Pacific. Accordingly, the Faroes are
typically very chilly, but home to many bird species (and hence many bird
feet - on average, around two per individual).
Now we just have to find a 100-ton
Simian with no neck and we have got ourselves a story!!!
Well, Hollywood tells us that giant gorillas enjoy sliding across ice on
their hairy butts, so maybe Kong would enjoy the Faroes.
Anyway, the analogy between Skull Island and end-of-Cretaceous New Zealand
might hold some truth. Says Stilwell et al. (2006): "The Chatham Islands
region would have, along with New Zealand, provided a dinosaur island
sanctuary after separating from the Gondwana margin ca. 80 Ma." Who knows
for how long this mini-continent remained a sanctuary for non-avian
dinosaurs? Past the end of the Cretaceous, perhaps?