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Re: Dino Death Pits in Feb. Palaios

This would make a cool research project for either a sedimentologist or a 
materials scientist.
<cough>I won't mind getting my hands on a sample of the matrix</cough>.


---------- Original Message ----------
From: David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: DML <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Subject: Re: Dino Death Pits in Feb. Palaios
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 23:34:33 +0100

>  There is no evidence that the pits were discrete depressions in the
>  topography that filled through time. Rather, they appear to have been
>  highly localized areas of liquefaction caused by large-dinosaur
>  (possibly sauropod) trampling of saturated sediments.

Does this mean the vibrations from trampling sauropods liquefied nearby 
quicksand...? That would be awesome.

In any case, the paper shows that size does matter. =8-)

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