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Euoplocephalus tutus recon question
I suppose this would mostly be a question for Greg Paul, since the
reconstruction that is making my head ache was done by him.
Now I'm not saying it's bad, mind you, but it sure is wierd!
If, as you suggest, in the latest Dinosaur Report (put out by the
Dinosaur Society) the ankylosaurs were built kind of like giant mutant
Basset hounds, what did the back legs look like?
On this particular drawing you show the hips (back view) of the
skeleton as being well extended PAST the point the femur comes up and
joins the body at.
Kind of like this:
/ \/ \
/----------------------\ BACK VIEW OF Euoplecephalus tutus
* | | \ / | | (after Paul)
* | | \/ | |
* | | | |
| | | |
| | | |
What I want to know is...Does the leg muscle that attaches the femur
to the hips (the little stars) attach on the outside of this wierd
shelf-hip, the edge of the hip, or on the underside of the shelf-hip?
Is the femur dished in any way to support a huge muscle of that size,
or are there special structural supports built into the hip to hold
such a massive weight muscle?
It is a very strange creature indeed, and I am very confused by it.
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