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RE: Brrr, bone chilling paleopolar summers(Polar dinosaur growth and other
As Augusto Haro noted, isotopic evidence has shown that--regardless of
phylogenetic affinity--there is good evidence that plesiosaurs,
ichthyosaurs, and mosasaurs DID have specific metabolic elements to handle
colder water: namely, thermoregulation.
Whether they would "winter over" (if that term is even appropriate for
pelagic animals) or migrate is something that is currently untested, so
far as I know.
On Sun, August 7, 2011 8:48 pm, Jaime Headden wrote:
> The presence of marine reptiles is _relevant_ because they are reptiles,
> and as such lacked specific metabolic elements to handle harsher polar
> winters. Your inference here, then, is that marine reptiles migrated,
> which would imply they have a similar metabolic constraint and allowance
> as marine mammals do which also migrate. At that point, you need to back
> this statement up with evidence, else is remain rhetoric.
>> Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:40:54 -0400
>> From: GSP1954@aol.com
>> The presence of marine reptiles in polar waters is not relevant because
>> they could easily move in and out according to the seasons the cost of
>> a given distance in streamlined swimmers being so low.
>> In a message dated 8/7/11 5:35:28 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> << Bakker wrote mosasaurs were also present at high latitudes,
>> but given that isotopes show they had a high body temperature, their
>> metabolic or activity regime would have much differed from that of
>> Recent squamates, turtles and crocodiles. >>
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