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How did Sauropods protect themselves against lightning

  1. Aug 22, 2008 #1
    These huge animals must have been very vulnerable to being hit by lightning. Also, I think that in the Jurassic the climate was warmer and there were more thunderstorms.
     
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  3. Aug 23, 2008 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    This gives you an idea of the number of lightning hits per hectare per year
    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn1657

    Note that large parts of the land receive very little lightning. Note Central Africa has the highest frequency of lightning hits.

    Sauropod dinosaurs made a living eating leaves from higher branches of trees, analagous to giraffes today. Tress that were/are taller than the animals themselves. Giraffes occur in the area of the map that has extreme lightning frequency.

    I would suggest that whatever behavior giraffes exhibit during a lightning event is adaptive. Consider using that as a model for guessing the behavior of sauropods.
     
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