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Re: Reverse-engineering the T. rex genome
As far as I read, this parasite lives for short time out of their
hosts, which can support the hypothesis it does only go well in warm
environments. If it can get proved that the Trichomonas gallinae
requires high temperatures to live, it can support the hypothesis that
at least coelurosaurs presented similarly constant high temperatures.
It may be said that for giant tyrannosaurids gigantothermy explains
these temperatures, but I do not know if smaller juvenile
tyrannosaurid specimens also present these infections...
2009/10/8 Phillip Bigelow <email@example.com>:
> Dann Pigdon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> > Apparently, for crocs and gators, the immune response (and other defenses)
>> > defeat the
>> >microorganism (otherwise the disease wouldn't be characterized as an
>> >"avian" disease.
>> There's always the chance that this micro-organism requires a higher body
>> temperature than crocs or
>> even mammals can sustain.
> Should be easy to test. Some birds have nearly human-core temperatures.
> Other birds have blazing temps. Which bird taxa catch the disease and which
> ones don't?
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