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Re: gigantism as liability
On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Erik Boehm <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dicynodonts got pretty big in the Triassic didn't they? Mammals certainly are
> better adapted to large size, at least concerning posture -erect limbs will
> support weight better, yet it seems previous synapsids became larger than the
> extant ones.
A swift look round the 'Net seems to confirm my recollection that the
biggest known dicynodonts were the size of an ox or a rhino - much
smaller than than an Recent savanna elephants.
(There are fossil synapsids larger than savanna elephants, but
they're, AFAIK, all crown mammals.)
Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?