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RE: sauropods' lifespan



> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
>
> Living up to 100 years - just a popular-science guess or any 
> _references_ for such a statement?
> Cheers, David 
> 

In fact, there is no evidence that sauropods lived longer than ~50 years or
so:
Sander, P.M. 2000. Longbone histology of the Tendaguru sauropods:
implications for growth and biology. Paleobiology 26:466-488.

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