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Re: Why Did Mammals Survive the 'K/T Extinction'?



<<It seems like Dr. Holtz' explanation is at least as good an explanation, if not better, for why birds survived but large dinosaurs did not.>>

There's a paper on KT-grilled non-birdy dinos available on-line, should it be of interest, and it provides some consideration on why some birdies and charming furry critters weren't among the meat being broiled or baked. A pdf can be conjured up from the abstract webpage.

Robertson DS, McKenna MC, Owen BT, Hope S & Lillegraven JA, 2004, Survival in the first hours of the Cenozoic, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 116 (5/6), p.760-768. http://bulletin.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/content/abstract/116/5-6/760