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Re: Heterothermy in elephants: Sauropods too?

"Our findings raise the intriguing possibility that heterothermy may be far 
more widespread in mammals than previously assumed."

I'm sureDr. Ruf was saying this for the benefit of the lay audience, but the 
knowledge of widespread heterothermy among the "classic endotherms" has been 
known for awhile. Grigg et al. 2004 give a nice rundown of currently known 
heterothermic mammals and birds.

Grigg, G.C., Beard, L.A., Augee, M.L. 2004. The Evolution of Endothermy and its 
Diversity in Mammals and Birds. Phys.Biochem.Zool. Vol.77(6):982-997.



"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types 
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer

----- Original Message -----
> From: Guy Leahy <xrcizeguy@hotmail.com>
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Cc: 
> Sent: Monday, 3 October 2011 3:40 PM
> Subject: Heterothermy in elephants:  Sauropods too?
> Certainly seems reasonable...
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110930071659.htm
> Guy Leahy