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Frank Seebacher's research on thermoregulation
Overlooked compendium of interest:
G.C. Grigg, Frank Seebacher, C.E. Franklin, eds.,2001.
Crocodilian biology & evolution (Chipping Norton,
N.S.W.: Surrey Beatty & Sons), 446pp.
Cf., pp. 297-309, G.C. Grigg & Frank Seebacher,
Crocodilian thermal relations.
Cf., pp. 310-316, Frank Seebacher & G.C. Grigg, Social
interactions compromise thermoregulation in
crocodiles, Crocodylus johnstoni and Crocodylus
Overlooked paper of interest:
Frank Seebacher, G.C. Grigg, L.A. Beard, 1999.
Crocodiles as dinosaurs: behavioural thermoregulation
in very large ectotherms leads to high and stable body
temperatures. Jour. Experimental Biology 202(1):77-86
Frank Seebacher, 2001. A new method to calculate
allometric length-mass relationships in dinosaurs.
Jour. Vertebrate Paleontology 21(1):51-60
Thermoregulation is far more complex than the "media"
would have it, viz. "ecothermy" and "endothermy" are
not monolithic paradigms. Energy costs, cardiovascular
systems, etc., probably precluded some sauropods and
other megaherbivores from being endothermic, and there
is the possiblity that, for some active and gregarious
taxa, endothermy may not have been energy efficient
for maintaining basal metabolic rates. While I do not
believe crocodylomorphs are proper foci for research
on pre-K/T dinosaurs (after all, there are @9000
living dinosaur species today), data on their
thermoregulatory abilities and resistance to
dehydration in high-stress social situations might
prove useful for comparative analyses
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