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Re: Inquiring Minds
My son Wolf, age 4.5, out of the blue today declared, "I think there were
some cold-climate dinosaurs." He hadn't said anything about dinosaurs for
weeks, after months of intest interest in anything about them he could find.
I explained to him, as I did several times in the past, that there
probably were no cold-climate dinosaurs because dinosaurs were reptiles, and
cold-blooded animals like reptiles don't survive in cold climates. He was
ready for that one, though, and obviously had been giving the matter deep
thought: "There are cold-climate birds. There are cold-climate fish. I
think some day the scientists are going to find cold-climate dinosaurs."
Well, he had several important points. If birds (warm-blooded but very
small, dinosaurs' closest living kin) and fish (cold-blooded) can survive in
the Arctic and Antarctic, why not some kinds of dinosaurs? What do the
experts think? Thanks, Merritt Clifton, editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE.