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Re: Another treasure trove of Chinese dinosaurs





On Mon, 25 Jan 2010, GUY LEAHY wrote:

Sounds like more interesting descriptions are on the way:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/25/AR2010012503035.html?hpid=topnews


The discovery of a dinosaur mass death possibly associated with the end of the

Cretaceous is particularly interesting, IMHO...

 What killed the dinosaurs? Scientist Wang Haijun thinks the answer may
 be buried inside a 980-foot-long ravine in the Chinese countryside 415
 miles southeast of Beijing where hundreds of the creatures may have
 huddled in the final moments before their extinction.

 The fossils here -- more than 15,000 fractured, mangled and blackened
 bones from about 65 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period
 right before they went extinct -- support theories of a catastrophe.
 Global fires. Explosions. Climate change.

Physical processes could/would account for the mangling, but the
blackening is more interesting.