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Re: If you had a time machine...

On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM, David Krentz <ddkrentz@charter.net> wrote:
> What "greatest hit" moment from the Triassic to Late Cretaceous would you
> dream of witnessing? And with what creatures doing what to whom? ÂI know
> under your cynical science hats there is still a wide-eyed kid!

I have a cynical kid under my wide-eyed scientist hat.

I'd go to the Middle Jurassic. It's the worst-sampled epoch of the
Mesozoic, in terms of terrestrial fauna. Best chance of seeing unknown
types of dinosaur -- not to mention currently hypothetical ancestors
of many clades which went on to greater success. Also a good
opportunity to see whether certain lineages were quilled or fuzzy
early on.

T. Michael Keesey
Technical Consultant and Developer, Internet Technologies
Glendale, California