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Re: Brrr, bone chilling paleopolar summers(Polar dinosaur growth and other new papers)




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> From: Scott <hmwh@comcast.net>
> To: GSP1954@aol.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Cc: 
> Sent: Saturday, 6 August 2011 3:42 PM
> Subject: Re: Brrr, bone chilling paleopolar summers(Polar dinosaur growth and 
> other new papers)
> 
> So, living conditions sound considerably better in polar Alaska 65 MYA than 
> here 
> in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont USA, where the average ANNUAL temperature 
> is 
> 39.5 F and the winters have been known to get as low as 40 below zero...no 
> bradyenergetic crocs here either.
> 
> Scott Perry
> High Mountain Writers' House
> Irasburg, VT

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No crocs, but seven turtles, one lizard and eleven snakes. 

Then there are the more northerly countries like Sweden, Denmark and Finland. 
Their average temperatures are substantially more harsh than Alaska, or 
Victoria would have been in the Cretaceous, and all of them house 
bradymetabolic reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.

I'd bet dollars to donuts that the only reason we haven't found "classic 
reptiles" in the North Slope is because we haven't been looking that hard for 
them. 

Jason