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Re: Warm vs Cold blooded
>I've seen several threads discussing aspects of warm blooded dinos, and I
>guess I've always considered this a binary function. You were warm blooded
>or not. However is there or could there be one or more intermediate
>conditions with representatives in the Saurs.
Another aspect to this question that people tend to ignore is the
possibility of differing metabolisms. The difference, for example, between
a mouse and an elephant. Both are obviously warm blooded, but the mouse
has a higher metabolism for the simple fact that it is a great deal
smaller. It is possible, therefore, that even the big sauropods were
warm-blooded; admittedly, there metabolisms would have to be immensly slow.
I do know that the energy level of a biological system is dictated by the
energy level of the predators. Therefore, if it can be shown (which I feel
it has) that the theropods were warm-blooded, then conditions demand that
the herbivores be warm-blooded too, if they are to survive.
GEOLOGISTS ARE FUN TO BE WITH BECAUSE THEY'RE VERY GNIESS