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RE: Does Texas equal Washington DC

> -----Original Message-----
> From: sauropoda@googlemail.com 
> [mailto:sauropoda@googlemail.com] On Behalf Of Mike Taylor
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:44 PM
> To: tholtz@umd.edu
> Cc: deathspresso@yahoo.com; tijawi@yahoo.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Does Texas equal Washington DC
> On 2 March 2010 18:48, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On 
> >> Behalf Of Andrew Simpson
> >>
> >> I caught part of a show called Prehistoric the other day, 
> featuring 
> >> at least one of our own, and though I would have turned 
> the channel 
> >> based on my hatred of that particular style of editing I 
> had to watch 
> >> because the animals that were being described in the show 
> that were 
> >> supposed to have lived near DC were the same animals that are 
> >> supposed to have lived in Texas. I've studied these 
> creatures such as 
> >> Acrocanthosaurus and the like for a project so I think I know. My 
> >> question is are we finding the same animals in both places almost 
> >> exactly or is this an assumption based on both places being 
> >> aptian/albian rock?
> >>
> >> Andrew Simpson
> >
> > Actually, they cut off one of my comments that made this point. I 
> > mentioned the mid-K (Arundel) dinosaurs of D.C. as being "All 
> > American". My next point (which wound up on the cutting room floor) 
> > was that the fossils we find in the Arundel are very 
> similar to those 
> > of Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah of the same age.
> >
> > As an aside: I wouldn't be surprised at all if Abydosaurus, 
> > Paluxysaurus, and Astrodon don't all wind up being very 
> close relatives of each other.
> Do you mean that you wouldn't be surprised if they DO wind up 
> being closely related?

Um, yeah. Basically, I would find it quite reasonable if they are sister
taxa (with some of the below thrown in).

> And share the love -- what about Sonorasaurus, Cedarosaurus, 
> Venenosaurus and Sauroposeidon?  It's 
> basaltitanosauriformriffic down in the late Early Cretaceous 
> of the USA!

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216                        
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661               

Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
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