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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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Physiology of Nonavian Dinosaurs

Physiology of Nonavian Dinosaurs

(p.643) Twenty-Eight Physiology of Nonavian Dinosaurs
The Dinosauria

Anusuya Chinsamy

Willem J. Hillenius

University of California Press

This chapter examines the paleophysiology of nonavian dinosaurs. It describes the physiological and functional aspects of dinosaurs and focuses on two distinct physiological attributes: thermoregulation and aerobic capacity. New evidence pertaining to dinosaur energetics and thermoregulation is examined. The chapter discusses respiratory turbinates, resting metabolic rates, lung structure, ventilation, elevated active metabolic rates, and the relationship between bone microstructure and thermoregulation in nonavian dinosaurs.

Keywords:   paleophysiology, nonavian dinosaurs, thermoregulation, aerobic capacity, respiratory turbinates, metabolic rates, ventilation, bone microstructure

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