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Re: 'Kitchen science' reveals dinosaurs died in agony
I haven't had a chance to read the paper yet either.
Paleobiology has been slow to update their site. If
anyone has a pdf of it handy, I'd love to snag a copy.
That said, I am in agreement with Jerry in that there
are opisthotonic fossils that aren't
dinosaurian/avian/mammalian (though I don't think I've
seen any mammalian ones).
Along with the aforementioned fish, there are also the
multitudes of _Hyphalosaurus_ and _Keichousaurus_
fossils; many of which show these agonized poses.
--- "Jerry D. Harris" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Uh...?!? Unless those are warm-blooded fish, fig.
> 6.4 (pp. 94-95) in:
> Barthel, K.W., Swinburne, N.H.M., and Morris, S.C.
> 1990. Solnhofen: A Study
> in Mesozoic Palaeontology. Cambridge University
> Press, Cambridge, 236 pp.
> ...should be enough to show that it ain't just
> "warm-blooded" animals that
> can attain this position in death... 'Course, I
> hain't read the Padian &
> Faux paper yet, either; maybe they address this...
> Jerry D. Harris
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> "Trying to estimate the divergence times
> of fungal, algal or prokaryotic groups on
> the basis of a partial reptilian fossil and
> protein sequences from mice and humans
> is like trying to decipher Demotic Egyptian with
> the help of an odometer and the Oxford
> English Dictionary."
> -- D. Graur & W. Martin (_Trends
> in Genetics_ 20, 2004)
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer
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