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Re: Bird reduce their "heating bills" in cold climates



--- On Sun, 7/4/10, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:

> From: David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
> Subject: Re: Bird reduce their "heating bills" in cold climates
> To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Sunday, July 4, 2010, 6:55 PM
> >  During the last Friends of
> Dinosaur Dreaming meeting late last year
> >  it was hinted that Leaellynasaura may have had a
> hyper- long tail
> >  (the full-scale drawing held up - with the help
> of several people -
> >  had to be seen to be believed!).
> 
> This was confirmed at the SVP meeting last year. The length
> is utterly mind-boggling.

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Neat. I wonder if the tail was used to lure predators away, and/or establish a 
dominance hierarchy as in many lizard species. 

I also remember a theropod, I think it was _Alvarezsaurus_ that also had an 
extremely long tail. I wonder if it was doing something similar too.

Jason