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Re: Warm Blooded vs. Cold Blooded
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, GREGORY LEE SMITH wrote:
> I would like to address the issue of "Were dinosaurs warm or cold blooded?"
> I think they were warm blooded. They weren't built like today's
> reptiles, they were built like mammals. To me, the herbivores were like
> todays elephants, cattle, and deer. They spent their days grazing and
> avoiding getting eaten by the carnosaurs who were like todays lions and
> wolves. Being cold blooded would have made it very difficult for
> dinosaurs to exist because of their size. By the time they were warmed
> up enough to move it would have been getting dark again.
Robert Bakker has several papers out that address this subject. Not to
mention his book, The Dinosaur Heresies.
I think that the whole idea of dinosaurs as cold blooded animals is out
dated and can't stand up under any kind of scrutiny.
Department of Biology
University of Nevada Reno