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sauropod nostrils (was: New York Times)
Garrison Hilliard <email@example.com> wrote, in part :
> In their long efforts to breathe life into dinosaurs, so famously extinct
> all but human fancy, scientists may have been wrong about the position of
> the nostrils through which these huge reptiles breathed, smelled,
> regulated body temperature
I've heared the "new" position of the nose had something to do with
regulation of temperature of dinosaur's _brain_ .
True or false?
> and generally nosed around the Mesozoic landscape.
> The new conclusions about the position of the nostrils could be important
> in understanding how dinosaurs found food
and maybe recognise some toxic plants by their smell??
> and detected menacing predators or desirable mates
> and how they attained such enormous sizes. The position of
> the nostrils has a bearing on the organization of the entire respiratory
> system. And, of course, it alters ideas about how dinosaurs looked.
I guess I have to re-draw my _Camarasaurus_ head on the Dinosauricon now...
and also it may occur for my _Paralititan_ artistic project!
Friendly - Luc J. "Aspidel" BAILLY.