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Re: This Just In: Hadrosaurs Were Herbivores!
From the article at:
"... but shooting through Leonardo's chest, shrouded by a heavy layer
of sandstone, took nearly half an hour."
"In addition to the images of Leonardo's gut, Bakker said, the most
exciting finds have been detailed glimpses of the interior structure of
the creature's beak and a look at its crop -- similar to a goose's
crop, Bakker said -- where food is stored in the gullet before it is
digested. Later on, they hope to capture images of Leonardo's internal
How likely is it that they will detect direct evidence of organs with a
high surface area/volume ratio (such as lungs, liver and intestines),
since those decay rapidly? Since they x-rayed the chest, I wonder if
evidence of a heart was discovered (such as found in Willo at the North
Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Sent: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 15:58:00 -0400
Subject: Re: This Just In: Hadrosaurs Were Herbivores!
"One of the researchers in Malta this week is Robert T. Bakker, best
known for being the first paleontologist to hypothesize that dinosaurs
were warm-blooded animals. "Â
Short shrift to Loris Russell, let alone John Ostrom. Of course Dr.
Bakker has been among the most vociferous advocates of dinosaurian
endothermy, but that doesn't equate with "first".Â
Still, Leonardo is an amazing specimen, and I hope they get more and
better data out of it.
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