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RE: Running around like an Ornitholestes with his head cut off...
I came across the "dog decapitation" video some time ago.
The head was hooked up by intravenous. This video was taken
in the 1930s/40s by scientists of the 3rd Reich. No one knows
what they were up to ... back then ... or why.
> Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 00:07:56 -0500
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> Subject: Re: Running around like an Ornitholestes with his head cut off...
> Ok, to tie back Richard and Jason's morbid (but informative) posts
> back to the original issue of nervous system evolution and
> centralization - in the case of decapitation brain activity (and any
> resulting lack thereof) is basically mediated by the lack of oxygen to
> the brain caused by blood loss (hypovolemic shock). Given that the
> loss of oxygen happens at a fairly catastrophic rate with this type of
> injury, unconsciousness is swift. Brains are otherwise centralized
> enough to keep on working, so it's not surprising that experiments
> that intentionally attempted to maintain blood flow (or otherwise
> continue oxygenation) prolong this. But this is not dependent on
> varying degrees of nervous system centralization in vertebrates - all
> vertebrate brains should continue to work if successfully provided
> with the required molecular "nutrition", with dogs, chickens, royalty,
> and hagfish all more or less responding similarly under those
> This is the opposite of the issue of body coordination without the
> brain, where continued centralization of the nervous system in mammals
> leads to a different result than that seen in diapsids (and explains
> why I would expect non-fowl theropods like Ornitholestes to exhibit
> similar degrees of coordination as seen in extant ones).
> By the way Jason, I'm generally not squeamish about dissections or
> other modes of physiological investigation, but I find myself
> completely willing to take you at your word on the video of the dog
> that you described....
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 11:32 PM, Richard W. Travsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > On Fri, 16 Sep 2011, Jura wrote:
> >> I you want to go for the most morbid, there is also a video on the net
> >> from some Russian researchers who kept a severed dog head alive for several
> >> minutes. The head spent most of its time trying to lick things. It's
> >> remarkably unsettling, and yet incredibly informative all at the same time.
> > This is getting pretty from dinosaurs, but here goes:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_transplant
> > I had read about a monkey head transplant; video here
> > http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/29025/
> > there was brain wave activity while disconnected it appears.
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