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Re: Spinosaurus - the authors respond

This may be an ignorant question but: is it not true that semiaquatic animals 
are more likely, in the scheme of things, to fossilize than purely terrestrial 
ones - and if so, why is Spinosaurus so little known?  Might it have been 
genuinely rare in life?

Ronald Orenstein 
1825 Shady Creek Court
Mississauga, ON
Canada L5L 3W2

> On Sep 21, 2014, at 4:55 AM, "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:
>> On Sat, September 20, 2014 4:09 pm, dale mcinnes wrote:
>> How much spinosaur material is actually known from L. Cret. sediments in
> Africa
>> during/ after Campanian ? Is there enough time towards termination of
> the Mesozoic
>> to give rise to more highly derived spinosaurs ?
> Very, very little is known of continental African faunas above the
> Cenomanian. Some new stuff is coming out soon, but not yet published.
> But no spinosaurine material yet. And in fact none of the rare
> post-Cenomanian spinosaurid material anywhere is complete enough to say
> anything about how derived the critters were relative to Spinosaurus.
> Face it: if we knew about such things, they would already be news!!
> And of course there was enough time. Keep in mind, whales go from fully
> terrestrial animals to Basilosaurus in 15 million years or so.
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