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Re: so, would it be surprising, or not, to find an almost identical specimen of a dino (say, allosaurus)....

By my reading of that article they're referring to the entire group,
"order" or whatever you want to call it lasting 50 million years, not
any specific genus or species. If not, they made a mistake, as there
is no evidence any of the dozens of individual species lasted that


On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM, Brian Hathaway <hammeris1@att.net> wrote:
> Yes, very true.  Perhaps the experts were misquoted in the news story,
> or that they were not referring to the specific species of Pelagornis 
> cilenisis,
> but to the genus.  50 million years!  Even Dick Clark didn't last that long.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Renato Santos <dracontes@gmail.com>
> ..... There's also the fact that all we generally have
> are the bones and these aren't the whole animal: soft tissue,
> physiology and behavior can change without outwardly affecting bone
> morphology.