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Re: Dinosaurs burrowed to keep warm



It occured to me that at least some folks think that one reason that mammals 
made it thru the K/T event was that they burrowed and were kept free of the 
fires, etc that would be part of the astroid collision. It was thus assumed 
that dinos did not have this activity. Yet here we are commenting of just this 
activity.
p sparks

----- Original Message ----
From: Jeff Hecht <jeff.hecht@sff.net>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 6:40:19 AM
Subject: RE: Dinosaurs burrowed to keep warm


Interesting comments on a very interesting paper. I'll add a few things that 
may not have come through clearly in my New Scientist report.

The burrow was about 2 meters long, and the bones were found at the bottom, 
which seemed to expand into a den, but the bottom part had eroded away, so it's 
not clear how big the den was. Still, it likely was big enough for the adults 
to turn around in, avoiding the problem of backing out tail-first to find a 
hungry theropod. :-)

Burrowing may explain other "bundles of bones" that paleontologists have found, 
and excavators may have missed the evidence of a burrow. 

There were bones of two half-grown juveniles in the bottom along with the 
adult, indicating parental care. I'd guess that protecting young would be a 
more important reason for burrowing than keeping warm in temperate climates. 


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