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Re: CROCODYLOMORPH ENDOTHERMY
On Fri, 26 Jan 1996 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 96-01-25 20:08:54 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu (Nicholas J.
> Pharris) writes:
> >I'm also not convinced that ectotherms would need or could use "long,
> >erect limbs and tall bodies,"
> Umm--they could and did use their long, erect limbs, etc. With the increased
> blood aeration provided by the four-chambered heart (no possibility of mixing
> of aerated with stale blood), the early thecodontians were much more active
> animals than their proto-lepidosaur diapsid relatives. By the way, the
> four-chambered heart also made the smaller thecodontians more efficient
Point taken, but I don't believe that an ectothermic physiology could
support such an active, erect animal.
> Four-chambered heart first, endothermy later. (Note that no extant endotherms
> have three-chambered hearts, but one group of extant ectotherms--crocs--has
> four-chambered hearts.)
A non-problem if crocs are secondarily ectothermic. Again I repeat my
query regarding histological studies of fossil crocodiles.
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