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RE: Snowmastodons

> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Anthony Docimo
> > This week's NOVA on PBS, "Ice Age Death Trap" is about the 
> > mastodon-intensive fossil fauna collected up at Snowmass, Colorado, 
> > this past year.
> > 
> > (Sadly, my on-screen guide describes it this way: 
> Archaeologists study 
> > the life and death of North America's most exotic and extreme
> > creatures.) B-(
>  well yes - native camels and elephants...in a predator-free 
> enviroment.

Predator free?!?! Not so much: Smilodon, Arctodus, Panthera, Canis, etc.

> Also seriously, the documentary proposed liquifaction as a 
> reason why the mammoths were trapped and unable to escape 
> (thus having so many of all ages there).....the only time 
> I've heard this suggested for the Mesozoic, was the "Dino 
> Death Trap" {National Geographic Channel} where _Guanlong_ 
> and "an unidentified species of carnivore" were discovered, 
> stacked one on top of another.
Technical publication at:

(the "unidentified species" is Limusaurus).

> Were there other cases of Mesozoic liquifaction, or do the 
> pressures of it being so distant an epoch  help to conflate 
> liquifaction with other capture methods as seen through the 
> fossil record?
Don't know of other cases. Liquefaction should leave a distinctive 
sedimentological signature, which makes it nicely testable.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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