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Re: DINOSAUR CREST STIRS DEBATE OVER BODY TEMPERATURE
Jeff Poling wrote:
>>The crest rises four feet from the back of the dinosaur's skull, a huge,
>>curved, hollow tusk sweeping up and behind the creature.
>>``I think it's for digging plants out of the ground,
> Uh, what? This thing goes out of the BACK of the skull. How the heck
>would they use it to dig plants out of the ground, by flopping onto its
>back? Or perhaps by twisting its head around like an owl? I think this is
>a remark made without thinking......
>>and maybe for scaring
>>away other dinosaurs,'' he said. ``They probably would brandish that crest
>>and chase them away.''
> I think this speculation needs a little more explanation, such as why
>other dinosaurs would find it intimidating. They certain wouldn't find it
>dangerous ... one headbutt and the dino probably wouldn't be able to breathe
OK, Jeff, of course you're right, but if you reread the article you'll see that
that speculation was from an 11-year-old kid, not one of the professionals.
I don't think we have to take this speculation TOO seriously. And let's be
gentle on the kid -- we were all there once.
[ Through personal e-mail, Jeff informed me that he didn't notice that
the quotes were from an 11 year old. I'm sure he agrees with your
sentiments. -- MR ]