The idea that dinosaurs fit poorly into existing categories is not entirely new. In a study published in February, researchers from the University of Mainz placed dinosaurs in the middle of their own growth-rate survey.
“Personally I don’t find the result very surprising,” commented Dr Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum in London. But he was impressed that the new paper had convincingly added metabolic rates to the picture.
A new “mesothermic” category is proposed.
“It reminds us that living organisms don’t always show the only or best adaptations; dinosaurs did something else and what they did had many advantages – they could achieve the benefits of stable, warm body temperatures without having to eat so much.”
Interesting ideas. Bet this develops.
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