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RE: so, would it be surprising, or not, to find an almost identical specimen of a dino (say, allosaurus)....
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of Anthony Docimo
> > Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 07:19:11 -0700
> > From: email@example.com
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: so, would it be surprising, or not, to find an
> almost identical specimen of a dino (say, allosaurus)....
> > in strata 30 million years apart with virtually no change?
> > Or does the environment of post-Cretaceous Aves allow for a
> species to
> > remain virtually unchanged for many millions of years?
> my first thought would be, check to be sure it's a lazarus
> species, and not an elvis species. (or a case of a fossil
> weathering out and then being re-buried)
The latter are termed "zombie taxa" by Archibald (1996. Dinosaur extinction and
the end of an era.)
But, as pointed out already, this case is neither: it is simply imprecision in
a news report about a paper.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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