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Re: Would it be surprising, or not, to find an almost identical specimen of a dino (say, allosaurus)....
On Fri, Oct 28th, 2011 at 3:18 AM, Brian Hathaway <email@example.com> 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
> but to the genus. 50 million years! Even Dick Clark didn't last that long.
The direct quote is:
"Bony-toothed birds were a very successful group, living during most of the
Cenozoic period over a
time span of 50 to 60 million years."
The article isn't mentioning any particular species, or even genus, when it
gives the 50-60 million
year timespan. It's like saying that coelacanths or lungfish as general groups
have been around for
400 million years. It doesn't imply that any individual species or even genus
has lasted all that time.
Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj