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Re: Cold could contribute to croc chlamydia outbreak

Opportunistic infections as a result of environmental stress. One more of the many effects from the initial cause to add to our list. Not a final nail, just one of the many. It wasn't just an impactor, but the secondary effects, all of them together contributing to the overall result of extinction to any one particular species. STD's are the gift that keeps on giving though I would suspect that reproduction was the last thing on any particular dinosaurs mind under the severe environmental stress of the moment. Novel way to stay warm through a nuclear winter.

Frank (Rooster) Bliss
MS Biostratigraphy
Weston, Wyoming

On Sep 3, 2006, at 8:24 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:

I saw this news item, and wondered whether it had any bearing on dinosaurian K/T survivors (the 'final nail in the coffin' as it were):

Cold could contribute to croc chlamydia outbreak
Northern Territory researchers looking into an outbreak of chlamydia among the Top End's crocodiles say the cold weather during the dry spell may be to blame.
Last month thousands of captive baby crocodiles tested positive to the sexually transmitted disease.
Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries staff believe the strain of chlamydia is unique to salt water crocodiles.
The researchers also believe the unusually cold dry season and exposure of hatchlings to older disease-carrying crocodiles is contributing the outbreak.
The researchers will conduct DNA analysis of the outbreak and hope to find out the origin of the disease within the next few weeks.

Dann Pigdon
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