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Re: New findings Support Spinosaurus Sail as thermal regulator (My own theory)

I recall reading, many years ago, a paper in a herpetology journal reporting that Alligator did flush blood into its dorsal scutes (they seem to be heavily vascularized) and by lying in the water with just its dorsal surface exposed to the sun could use the scutes to thermoregulate.


On 9/13/2014 8:14 PM, Vlad Petnicki wrote:
I'll throw something out to the professional scientists out there that dawned 
on me today:

The sail could not only have been added ballast, it may indeed have served a 
heat regulatory purpose. I think this is doubly likely since the new findings 
establish that it was skin covered rather than a hump - the easier to warm the 
blood that courses through the vessels just under the skin.

Think about this: Crocs need to get out of the water to sun themselves (yes, I KNOW that 
Spinosaurus was most likely NOT (as) cold-blooded as Crocs are), but regardless of how 
"warm-blooded" it was, if the water ever got too cold, the swimming/wading 
Spinosaurus could just turn the sail towards the sun - and voila - thermal regulation 
that does not require it to leave the water.

Make sense?

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From: DINOSAUR@usc.edu
To: Dinosaur Discussion List  <DINOSAUR@usc.edu>
Subject: DINOSAUR digest 1678
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:04:05 PDT

                            DINOSAUR Digest 1678

Topics covered in this issue include:

   1) Spinosaurus proportions/limbsize/exploding head quotient
        by "Vlad Petnicki" <bucketfoot-al@justice.com>
   2) RE: Spinosaurus proportions/limbsize/exploding head quotient
        by "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@umd.edu>
   3) RE: Spinosaurus proportions/limbsize/exploding head quotient
        by "Mallison, Heinrich" <Heinrich.Mallison@mfn-berlin.de>
   4) =?UTF-8?Q?Australian_dinosaurs_=2B_Ricardo_Mart=C3=ADnez_=28news=29?=
        by Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>
   5) Re: Spinosaurus redescribed as giant semiaquatic theropod
        by Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com>

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