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Re: *Mauisaurus* vs large pterosaurs



--- On Thu, 10/8/09, Mark Witton <Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk> wrote:

> From: Mark Witton <Mark.Witton@port.ac.uk>
> Subject: Re: *Mauisaurus* vs large pterosaurs
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009, 3:52 AM
> Be careful about this one: I hear
> that the gut content of this plesiosaur is rather poorly
> preserved and it's pterosaur affinities are doubtful.

I will have to take your word for it. 

Actually, I wouldn't expect an elasmosaurid to make a habit of swallowing a lot 
of bones, anyway. If they were strictly limited to prey that they could swallow 
whole, it is going to be very hard to make a case for them as ptero-eaters...