Body temperature of long-gone beasts resembled that of mammals
How do you take a dinosaur’s temperature? Very carefully.
By counting chemical bonds in 150-million-year-old fossilized teeth, scientists have done the paleontological equivalent of jamming a thermometer up a giant reptile’s rear end. Reporting online June 23 in Science, the researchers say the huge, four-legged dinosaurs known as sauropods would have registered a body temperature similar to that of any modern Homo sapiens.
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