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Re: Titanis walleri from Texas
At 3:44 PM -0700 10/28/06, Ian Paulsen wrote:
> So is the specimen from Texas (Baskin 1995, JVP 15: 842-844. ) not T.
>walleri or not from the late pleistocene?
According to my notes, dating based on the uptake of rare-earth elements (a new
technique) was done on the Sante Fe River, Florida and Texas sites. In both
cases, the Titanis fossils were mingled with fossils from both the
Pliocene/early Pleistocene and the late Pleistocene. In Santa Fe, FL, the
rare-earth element signatures matched those of 2 million year old mammal
fossils. In Texas, the rare-earth signatures matched those of Pliocene horse
fossils. That implies there is no evidence for late Pleistocene Titanis.
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