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Re: dinosaur behaviours
At 11:35 PM 26/10/02 -0600, Bill Hunt wrote:
>> 4) Sense of touch. Touch is an important sense in most mammals. Most
>> dinosaurs, with their scaly skins, don't seem too suited to be very
>> sensitive to tactile stimulation. But is it possible that touch may have
>> played an important factor in activities like social contact, social
>> grooming, mating rituals etc? And is it possible that many of the
>> dinosaurs may have had 'whiskers' or vibrassae around their muzzles?
> Are these known in any modern-day dinosaurs?
Yes there are; most arieal-insect eating birds have bristles and
semibristles around the mouth
There are, in addition, examples of feathers serving in tactile social
contact. Both the males of the Wire-tailed Manakin (Pira filicauda) of
South America and the Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis
melanoleuca) of New Guinea have long, stiff, wire-like feathers (on the
tail of the manakin, and on the flanks of the bird of paradise) that they
use to sweep across the face of the female at the high point of courtship
display - a sort of avian S&M.
I should mention that I will be signing of the list either today or
tomorrow for a month, as I am off to Chile for the meeting of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), followed
by a bit of bird- (or avian dino-) watching.
Ronald I. Orenstein Phone: (905) 820-7886
International Wildlife Coalition Fax/Modem: (905) 569-0116
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