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RE: Taking the temperature of dinosaurs?

John Scanlon wrote:


> I think it will be very interesting to apply this 13C:18O method to known
> ectotherms from a range of places and times, as it'll provide a whole
> 'nother dimension to inferences about habitat and behaviour differences
> within local faunas (proxy for terrestrial/aquatic/arboreal,
> diurnal/nocturnal, heliotherm/thigmotherm) as well as testing/validating
> the
> snake-body-size palaeothermometry approach proposed in the case of
> Titanoboa.
> Plus one of the coolest things (claimed) in the paper is that the method
> allows assumption-free calculation of the environmental delta18O, and thus
> takes the average temperature of the habitat as well as growth-weighted
> average for the animal concerned. I won't be surprised if it's possible to
> distinguish ectotherms and endotherms in many cases, when multiple taxa
> are
> compared within a fauna.

My thoughts exactly!!

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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