Regulation of Body Temperature by Some Mesozoic Marine Reptiles

@article{Bernard2010RegulationOB,
  title={Regulation of Body Temperature by Some Mesozoic Marine Reptiles},
  author={A. Bernard and C. L{\'e}cuyer and P. Vincent and R. Amiot and N. Bardet and E. Buffetaut and G. Cuny and F. Fourel and F. Martineau and J. Mazin and Abel Prieur},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={328},
  pages={1379 - 1382}
}
  • A. Bernard, C. Lécuyer, +8 authors Abel Prieur
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Science
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