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Old 09-25-2014, 08:03 AM   #3773
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Originally Posted by WhiteWhale View Post
See, that's it man. The platypus shows the link between bird, lizard, and mammal better than anything on earth. It has traits of ALL of them.

I'm sure there has been weirder. I mean we find FOSSILS, but most of them suffer from... well... being bones. Do you know what an elephant looks like without reference to what it looks like NOW? Not an elephant. What would people project with fossils of those animals found 250 or so million from now?

I suspect that most sauropods had trunks similar to elephants. We can't know, it's speculation... that's why dino reproductions we have can be so inaccurate. We don't fully understand the nuanced anatomical details of those animals. We speculate, largely based on modern lizards... but that's the thing. Dinosaurs (theorpods and sauropods) aren't lizards. Theropods in particular are more bird like than lizard, especially since they have LIVING descendants in the form of every bird on earth. Every theropod ever found is a crockoduck in a way. I also found that dinosaurs have a common ancestor to reptile, but did not actually evolve FROM reptiles. Taxonomy is neat, but always changing...
I assume you've been, but I found the Field Museum's collection of bones amazing. It would be difficult to leave that building without being amazed.
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