ladubois Posted March 13, 2016 Share Posted March 13, 2016 (edited) Probably a rather odd series of questions, but they really got me curious, and sadly, I have only the barest frame of reference for any of the fields that would be needed to start answering them. First off, would a camel- or mule-sized lizard potentially make for a better beast of burden in hot, dry climates? I really only have my intuition to go on, but it seems to me that reptiles are better suited to adapting to deserts and desert-like environments than other animals. They don't generate their own heat, so they seem less susceptible to overheating, and I imagine that cold-blooded animals need less food than, say, mammals of similar mass. I could be completely off on this, of course. Second, is there anything (aside from how incredibly long it would take) that would prevent us from theoretically breeding equine-sized lizards into existence? Ankylosaurus and Triceratops sizes show that it's been done before, so physical constraints like the square-cube law can clearly be overcome, but perhaps there's something environmental that keeps lizards so incredibly small... Edited March 13, 2016 by ladubois Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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