Basic avian pulmonary design and flow-through ventilation in non-avian theropod dinosaurs

@article{OConnor2005BasicAP,
  title={Basic avian pulmonary design and flow-through ventilation in non-avian theropod dinosaurs},
  author={Patrick M O'Connor and Leon P A M Claessens},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={436},
  pages={253-256}
}
Live fast and flySome recently discovered fossils of non-avian theropod dinosaurs have features once considered unique to birds, including feather-like structures, rapid growth rates, and even bird-like behaviour — nesting and sleeping posture. These characteristics evolved before flight, and one suggestion is that they gave these predatory dinosaurs an edge in the form of elevated metabolic rates. This idea is supported by the results of reconstruction of the respiratory system of an… CONTINUE READING
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