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Re: Pterosaur size (Was: Great in the air, not so good underwater)

On 12/15/06, Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com> wrote:
Mike Taylor wrote:

>Don't forget _Puertasaurus reuili_, a truly absurd titanosaur from the
>Maastrichtian of Patagonia:
>       Novas, Fernando E., Leonardo Salgado, Jorge Calvo and Federico
>       Agnolin.  2005.  Giant titanosaur (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from
>       the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia.  Rev. Mus. Argentino
>       Cienc. Nat., n.s.  7(1): 37-41.

Yep, it was a whopper all right.  But, based on known specimens, there were
fewer enormous sauropods at the end of the Cretaceous than at the end of the
Jurassic.  _Puertasaurus_ was atypically large for a Maastrichtian sauropod.
  It represented the opposite end of the spectrum to the relatively runty

Well, the point presumably is that mega-sauropods weren't physiologically impossible in the late Cretaceous, which contradicts the idea that maximum possible size for land critters has been falling since the Late Jurassic. If even one Maastrichtian critter rivalled the size of the Jurassic giants, clearly the maximum size hadn't fallen below their level by then.

Andreas Johansson

Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?