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Re: Origins (was: Re: Sharovipteryx)

In a message dated 5/25/2000 2:04:09 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
Dinogeorge@aol.com writes:

> all they did was firm up the idea that 
>  stegosaur plates >might< have had a thermoregulatory function as one of 
>  things that they did for stegosaurs. We still don't know whether stegosaur 
>  plates >actually< had a thermoregulatory function, only that they might 
>  have--and we surely knew >that< before their work.

But Farlow et al. did show that it *could* work, and that was something we 
did not know for certain before.  They threw out the argument that a 
thermoregulatory function was impossible, and thus contributed to the growth 
of knowledge on the subject.

Nick P.