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RE: 'Kitchen science' reveals dinosaurs died in agony

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> David Marjanovic
> Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 3:42 PM
> To: DML
> Subject: Re: 'Kitchen science' reveals dinosaurs died in agony
> > and is consistent with other data
> > including growth rates, increased pulminary capacity (air sacs in
> > saurischians), increased locomotor ability relative to more basal
> > archosaurs, and increased food-gathering and processing abilities
> > (most notably in ornithscians).
> ...and decreased (bone) cell size, reported in Nature not long ago.
Decreased cell size (a proxy for decreased genome length) is not an indicator 
of elevated metabolism, however, as mammals (and ornithischians) lack this 
trait (as pointed out in that very same Nature article).

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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