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Re: Sea reptile is biggest on record
Dann Pigdon wrote:
Tim Williams writes:
Any ideas on what these mega-pliosaurs ate?
Anything they wanted to. :)
Something like that, although I think you need to frame the question in
terms of what sort of prey might have been available. Kronosaurus is the
largest animal in its fauna, so while the ability to munch other marine
reps may sound impressive, it doesn't necessarily put it in the same
league as a Balaenoptera-munching killer whale.
The possibility that some of these M-L Jurrasic pliosaurs where able to
take big fish like Leedsichthys is intriguing - at least they'd be
picking on something their own size - but I have no idea if there's
anything like Leedsichthys in the Kimmeridgian / Volgian, which is when
these 12-15m pliosaurs seem to be mostly from.
Actually, I think the question of minimum prey size in these animals is
at least as important as the maximum prey size. But I'm just writing
that chapter in my thesis... ;-)
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