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Re: Fungi and the Dinosaur Extinction: A New Article



I don't know what fungi are thermotolerant, but two fungi that can easily
kill a parrot or parakeet are fusarium and alternaria.   These are very
common molds that grow on decaying vegetation.   I know because I'm allergic
to both of them.   But they cause only allergy in humans.

Changes in climate could definitely affect how many of their spores are in
the air.   They are a problem for allergic people around Austin because of
our mild and sometimes muggy climate.    I've actually been worried about my
pet dinosaurs, because we've had a spell of seriously muggy, 70's weather,
there is a thick layer of dead leaves right outside of the window, and every
time I raked those leaves last winter, I got sick.    El nino winters may
not be very good for dinosaurs.

Yours,
Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra@austin.rr.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Marjanovic" <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 5:30 PM
Subject: Re: Fungi and the Dinosaur Extinction: A New Article


> > Even if the role of fungi in dinosaur extinction isn't so likely, the
idea
> > of fungal resistance as a major factor behind endothermy is
> > an interesting one.
>
> Oh yes.
>
> > Fungal disease is relatively common in birds but most are caused
> > by only a few thermotolerant species.
>
> Perhaps the same holds for other dinosaurs?
>
> I just wrote the author a nice little e-mail.