Articles | Volume 19, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2671-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2671-2022
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30 May 2022
Research article |  | 30 May 2022

Intra-skeletal variability in phosphate oxygen isotope composition reveals regional heterothermies in marine vertebrates

Nicolas Séon, Romain Amiot, Guillaume Suan, Christophe Lécuyer, François Fourel, Fabien Demaret, Arnauld Vinçon-Laugier, Sylvain Charbonnier, and Peggy Vincent

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We analysed the oxygen isotope composition of bones and teeth of four marine species possessing regional heterothermies. We observed a consistent link between oxygen isotope composition and temperature heterogeneities recorded by classical methods. This opens up new perspectives on the determination of the thermoregulatory strategies of extant marine vertebrates where conventional methods are difficult to apply, but also allows us to investigate thermophysiologies of extinct vertebrates.
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