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Evidence for mesothermy in dinosaurs

Overview of attention for article published in Science, June 2014
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Title
Evidence for mesothermy in dinosaurs
Published in
Science, June 2014
DOI 10.1126/science.1253143
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Authors

J. M. Grady, B. J. Enquist, E. Dettweiler-Robinson, N. A. Wright, F. A. Smith

Abstract

Were dinosaurs ectotherms or fast-metabolizing endotherms whose activities were unconstrained by temperature? To date, some of the strongest evidence for endothermy comes from the rapid growth rates derived from the analysis of fossil bones. However, these studies are constrained by a lack of comparative data and an appropriate energetic framework. Here we compile data on ontogenetic growth for extant and fossil vertebrates, including all major dinosaur clades. Using a metabolic scaling approach, we find that growth and metabolic rates follow theoretical predictions across clades, although some groups deviate. Moreover, when the effects of size and temperature are considered, dinosaur metabolic rates were intermediate to those of endotherms and ectotherms and closest to those of extant mesotherms. Our results suggest that the modern dichotomy of endothermic versus ectothermic is overly simplistic.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 3%
United Kingdom 3 2%
Brazil 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
Mexico 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Unknown 108 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 33 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 18%
Researcher 20 17%
Student > Master 13 11%
Other 11 9%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 3 2%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 61 50%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 27 22%
Environmental Science 8 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 5%
Chemistry 5 4%
Other 9 7%
Unknown 5 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 538. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 February 2020.
All research outputs
#16,473
of 14,526,769 outputs
Outputs from Science
#937
of 64,552 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#177
of 190,418 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#15
of 884 outputs
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