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Re: Gingko berries as evidence of dino sense of smell?

> From: dbensen <dbensen@gotnet.net>
> To: bigelowp@juno.com
> Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Gingko berries as evidence of dino sense of smell?
> Date: Friday, February 04, 2000 6:49 PM
> >>Since the fleshy portion of ginkgo fruits NEVER "ripen" (they remain
> bitter.....at least that's what I've read), it could be argued that the
> fruits did not evolve to be eaten by vertebrates at any stage of the
> fruit's development.<<
> OR, that dinosaurs had a sence of smell, but not taste.  Don't modern
> have retarded sences of taste, reletive to mammals?  Maybe the fact that
> fruit never ripens is a clue that, once the dinosaurs go the fruit in
> mouths, they didn't care any more about it.
It is strongly suspected that birds were responsible for the spreading of
Capsicums throughout South and North America .Capsicums are better known as
hot peppers - Habaneroes , Chiltepins , Cayennes , all extremely pungent ,
yet have no effect on birds . The original wild peppers were bright red and
berry-sized  , and obviously very attractive to avian dinosaurs . So maybe
other dinosaurs were not equipped with an abundance of taste-buds on their
tongues .
My $.02 worth , 
Truett Garner