Ectothermic dinosaurs

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So it is safe to say that predatory dinosaurs of all sizes were almost certainly full endothermic homeotherms. Walking dinosaur costume This still leaves some questions unresolved. In particular, metabolic rates vary considerably even among fully endothermic mammals and birds, so I do not know of a way to tell which kind of system dinosaurs had. Resting marsupials such as kangaroos and the large predatory thylacine wolves expend about 30 percent less ener$/ than most mammals of like size. Animatronic dinosaur for sale However, their daily octive metabolic rates are similar. Perhaps advanced thecodonts and protodinosaurs were marsupial-like, and the rest of the dinosaurs more energetic. On another extreme are passerine (“song”) birds, whose unusually high body temperatures are stoked by voracious metabolic rates. It can be doubted that any dinosaurs were like this. After all, many flyn g birds and all the big ground birds have more normal physiologies.


As for how dinosaur endothermy is doing in the scientific marketplace, informal polls indicate that more paleontologists believe that all dinosaurs were endothermic than that all were ectothermic. Most think they were a mixture. After an initial burst of enthusiasm for dinosaur endothermy in the first half of the seventies, things tailed off for awhile. Animatronic dinosaur costume This was partly due to some badly presented arguments for warm-blooded dinosaurs.2e The paleontologists arguing for the concept were not happy, and those against took this to mean that dinosaur endothermy was more of a crowd-pleaser-it was very popular with the publicthan a solid idea. The belief by a number of dinosaurologists that the burden of proof lies with the new and “radical” theory has also hindered an objective appraisal of the problem. But as data has accumulated, it looks like it is gradually grinding down the concept of dinosaurs as scaled-up reptiles. The greatest impact, it seems, comes from the evidence for high growth rates. Indeed, this has helped inspire Dale Russell, for many years one of the strongest advocates of ectothermic dinosaurs, to begin looking more favorably upon their being warm-blooded.