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RE: The island rule: made to be broken?



Mike Keesey wrote:

>> I think they missed a group (clade?) that may be
>> paricularly relevant to dinosaurs.  Pygmy elephants
>> are well-known from the islands off California and, if
>> memory is correct, from Mediterranean islands.
> 
> Not to mention pygmy Floresian stem-elephants.

Regarding the Flores stegodonts, the authors cite this website:

http://antiquity.ac.uk/ProjGall/rolland/index.html

Apparently the dwarf species _Stegodon sondaarii_ was replaced by the medium to 
large-sized _S. florensis_ *before* the arrival of hominids to Flores.

Cheers

Tim
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