|MadSci Network: General Biology|
I have been watching specials by Discovery Channel on dinosaurs including the extremely huge plant eaters. My guess is that they were considerably taller and larger than a lot of other "objects" around them and because of geographic area needed to feed a breeding population, limited in numbers. But how would they have handled lightning? Wouldn't the largest creatures being so huge been much more likely to have taken hits? How did they control heat with the massive size during heat waves or with loss of heat during rain or cold periods? How would the ground handle the weight distribution when saturated? Were trees literally that much larger to provide them with protection at their heights? I guess it just seems to me that the larger the land animal, the more weather would be a hinderance to longevity... JohnC
Re: Dinosaurs and extreme weather.
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