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The Dinosauria$
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David Weishampel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242098

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242098.001.0001

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Dinosaur Physiology

Dinosaur Physiology

Chapter:
(p.660) Twenty-Nine Dinosaur Physiology
Source:
The Dinosauria
Author(s):

Kevin Padian

John R. Horner

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242098.003.0032

This chapter examines the physiology, metabolism, and behavior of dinosaurs. It discusses the evolution of endothermy and examines the typological and transformational approaches to dinosaurian physiology. The chapter also contends that (1) dinosaurs were, in many respects, more like living large birds and mammals than they were like living reptiles; (2) more physiological advances occurred at or near the origin of dinosaurs than at the origin of birds; (3) not all dinosaurs were alike in these physiological respects, any more than living mammals or birds are all alike; and (4) comparative biology is a better guide to evolutionary paleobiology than typology is.

Keywords:   physiology, metabolism, behavior, dinosaurs, endothermy, comparative biology, evolutionary paleobiology, typology

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