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ALLOSAURUS TAIL



I RECENTLY VISITED THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND WAS
IMPRESSED BY THE ALLOSAURUS MOUNT, ESPECIALLY THE LENGTH OF ITS TAIL.
THE STATE MUSEUM (MORRILL HALL) IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA ALSO HAS AN
ALLOSAURUS MOUNT, BUT THE TAIL LENGTH IS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR AS LONG AS
CLEVELAND'S MOUNT.  BOTH ALLOSAURUS APPEAR COMPLETE AND NO SPECIALIZATIONS
APPEAR TO INDICATE IT WAS RIGID (HELD OUT TO AID IN BALANCE).
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT AN ELONGATED TAIL MAY HAVE AIDED IN SWIMMING?

---JOHN SCHNEIDERMAN < dino@cwis.unomaha.edu >