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O isotopes and theromreg



One major criticism of such studies is the problem of demonstrating that
the bone mineral is original and therefore that the isotopes represent
the time that the animal was alive.  One of my colleagues took a look
at Horner's study of T.rex metabolism based on the O isotopes, and concluded
that the isotopes were the product of diagenetic alteration of the bones
rather than the original isotope ratios.  The problem is hoary and 
not easy to resolve geochemically. 
b

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Bonnie A.B. Blackwell,                          bonn@qcvaxa.acc.qc.edu
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