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Fwd: Re: Yo! Brachiodudes!
Derek Terne wrote:
Actually this sounds like an excellent idea. I find the reconstructions
of Brachiosaurs with a gaping hole half way back along the skull look
However if there was a large inflatable resonating chambers with the
actual opening near the front of the skull it would still be able to
conform to this ubiquitous plan,
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Derek, you are right, Brach. skulls do look wierd with that large nasal
opening. Last year we reconstructed a Brach. skull using casts made
from bones from the Smithsonian. When finished, the nasal opening had a
rather graceful curve to it - up from the frontals, then down to meet
the premax. I also had wondered what it could be used for. The idea of
a trunk was no good because the bones that surround the opening are very
thin -unlikely to stand up to the stress of large muscle attatchments.
The idea that Tom Holtz suggested is the best one I have heard so far.
An inflatable chamber, whether used for resonating ,and-or, display
seems to make the most sense at this point. But would it look as smart
as a trunk - to another brachiosaur,that is?