Elasmosaurs Ate Squid

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  1. snafflehound@work

    snafflehound@work O. bimaculoides Registered

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    New Scientist article...

    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn8110

    Finds that Elasmosaurs, with their long necks, were grazing clams, crabs etc. off the bottom - but ate "squid-like animals" too. Fossil squid shell (cuttle? nautiloid?) remains in fossil elsmosaur.
     
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    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Neat! And scary, if you identify with small prehistoric shellfish.
     
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    I know it sounds really weird, but I always found something about Elasmosaurs a bit unnerving; compared to plesiosaurs. I think it was because their necks were a lot longer, plus all the pictures in old books showed them as really nasty-looking pieces of work, compared to more "placis-looking" plesios. hmmm

    Graeme
     
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