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Re: Origins (was: Re: Sharovipteryx)
In a message dated 5/25/2000 2:04:09 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> 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.