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Re: Hot-blooded marine reptiles



On Tue, 15 Jun 2010, Dann Pigdon wrote:

Not all endotherms use the same means as mammals to achieve high body 
temperatures. If
anything the mammalian condition is more of a fortuitous maladaptation, a bit 
like sickle-cell
anaemia. Our poor old cells have to 'bail' so quickly to offset our ionically 
leaky cell membranes
that high body temperatures are a symptom of that genetic 'mistake'. We've just 
made the best of
a bad situation.

That sounds interesting. Does anybody happen to have a reference (I also take 
pdfs ;-) ) for this?

Thanks.


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GIS Specialist                         Australian Dinosaurs
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