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Re: could / did sauropods drink?



At 07:16 AM 10/12/99 -0500, Jeffrey Willson wrote:
>Maybe. Kangaroo Rats (Dipodomys) are famous for not drinking at all and
>subsisting on dry desert vegetation.
>
This contains a minor misconception.  Desert plants generally have a
*higher* water content per gram than non-desert plants.  The *climate* may
be dry there, but the ways plants have of adapting to this stress often
involve water retention (the extreme case is seen in cacti, which can be
used as a source of drinking water in the deserts of the Americas).

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