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Old August 13 2010, 03:33 AM   #4
thestrangequark
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Re: Things that have Changed Since You were in School

Brontosaurus became Apatosaurus, and it is unlikely that Stegosaurus used its plates for protection -- how would they have sex?! I teach my students when we go to the AMNH that Stegosaurus used his plates as a body heating/cooling system: the plates had blood vessels in them, bad for armor, but good for laying flat in the sun to warm up, and standing up in the wind to cool off.

When we study dinosaurs I also read them the fantastic book Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!, which is great fun.
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