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Re: A Few Thoughts on Dinosaur Metabolism Strategies
>A sauropod in the ectothermic phase would still have a long, easy
>stride, and it would still be able to react quickly and effectively >to=
such occasions as predatory attacks.
An interesting idea.
My only addition to your statements would be related to metabolism. The=
example used in one of my biology courses: Which would you rather curl up=
with at night; one hundred pounds of elephant, or one hundred pounds of=
rabbit. We would choose the rabbit because the heat they generate would be=
so much larger than the elephant. I suspect that dinosaurian metabolism=
would be in the same boat, where the smaller (and more vulnerable) dinosaur=
babies would be raging endotherms, while the adults would have a more=
conservative matabolism. In the case of the large sauropods (where the=
concept of _gigantothermy_ comes into play), the adults could have a=
metabolism that is so slow, that they would be ectotherms for all practical=
Q. What gastropod is a constant skeptic?