For both reptiles and mammals, in fact almost all animals with nerve and brain tissue, that braintissue must be kept at a temperature of about 100F within a few degrees, to remain electrically andchemically active. If not, then the brain tissue ceases to function properly and coma and death soon result.Note that temperature for future reference.While human body temperature is about 98.6 degrees, the brain temperature is about 99 to 100degrees. If the brain temperature falls to about 95 degrees, then the individual goes to sleep. During sleep,the brain temperature begins to rise each morning and is back to 100 degrees about 15 minutes beforewaking up. If the temperature of a mammal's brain drops about 10degrees the result is coma. In some animals this coma condition isrecoverable and is called hibernation, which is a winter survivalmechanism for some animals.If a reptile falls asleep and the surrounding air temperature fallsto 70 degrees, the reptile may not wake up.Reptiles have no means to regulate their brain temperatureduring sleep. That's why terrariums are usually kept heated aboveroom temperature, or the reptile may not survive.What that means is that most mammals. marsupials and birds cantolerate weather changes from arid desert heat to frigid blizzard snowstorm and still survive. But most reptiles wouldn't have a chance overthat wide range of climate. Today, the reptiles only live in a verynarrow range of climates around the earth. Birds such as penguins, and mammals like the seals live in 32degree freezing Antarctica and the Arctic, but reptiles do not.
THE GREAT SHIFT: Gymnosperms to Angiosperms -- The Record of the Seeds
Usually not discussed at all, in what may have happened during the K-T Boundary event, is that not just animals such as dinosaurs were affected, but also an extreme and vast change in the plant lifeforms of earth also occurred at that same time.Prior to the K-T shift nearly all of the plants were gymnosperms. In general these are non-floweringnon-seed-bearing plants like ferns. fern trees, and fern palms, or needled trees such as redwoods or pinestrees. These plants are also called "evergreens" since these plants seem the same, or green, all year round.They are not seasonal plants. These primitive plants do have a simple form of seed or spore but withoutany protective covering. The name gymnosperm means naked-seed.After the K-T boundary, most of the vast variety of new plant forms were angiosperms. These are theflowering plants, which either completely die each year and regrow each spring from seeds dropped theprevious year. Or if it is a large tree, the leaves are completely dropped and new growth comes from newleaves and flowering portions of the tree each spring. The seeds of angiosperms have hard coverings orcasings which can tolerate hot arid drying desert heat and even cold freezing, then still sprout the nextyear. The name angiosperm means covered-seed.What this means is that after the K-T boundary, the new predominant lifeforms, both plants andanimals, were the ones which could tolerate wide changes in the seasons from winter to summer. Butbefore the K-T boundary, the plants and animals had no means to respond to seasonal changes. But whatcauses seasonal changes? They are caused by the tilt of the earth.
THE K-T EVENT: The Beginning of Earth Seasons
Is it possible that before the K-T boundary the earth was not tilted, then whatever happened at the K-T boundary event also caused the earth to tilt at 23.5 degrees? This would mean that before the K-T eventthere were no seasons, and this favored the older life forms of gymnosperms and reptiles. But after the K-T boundary, the earth became tilted, causing seasons and seasonal climate changes, and then favoring thenew angiosperms and mammals.As further evidence, most angiosperms need the changes of the seasons to trigger when to drop seedsor sprout. Most angiosperms also need the changes in the length of the daylight as the seasons change to
Fig. 2) Heated Terrarium With IncandescentHood for Constant Warmth Above RoomTemperature, Which Is Not Necessary For Mammal Pet Cages