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Re: *Mauisaurus* vs large pterosaurs
--- On Thu, 10/8/09, Tim Williams <email@example.com> wrote:
> I've never seen this particular idea, but I have heard a
> similar idea in "reverse".
An objection to it has been raised offlist: apparently elasmos would have had a
hard time eating a ptero (narrow throat, weak dentition). That, and swimming
speed perhaps too slow to allow a credible strike. So maybe its a little weak,
even as a cartoon.
I don't think head/heart pressure differential concerns are enough to kill it
as a cartoon, but could be wrong. Still, if sauropods can get away w/ it long
enough to strip a tree, it only seems fair to allow Thalassomedon, et al, the
couple of seconds needed to snag a ptero...
> The extinction of pterosaurs provided no relief to
> air-gulping fishes, because by that time birds had radiated,
> and they were just as unforgiving.
Nobody gives the fish any breaks, especially the mouth-breathers...