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'Bridging' the gap on sauropods
=46inally, a dino-post;-)
I finally got my copy of Lost World (now I'm only a few months behind on my=
reading, as opposed to a few eras:-). I noticed something about the=
sauropod description that I thought was odd: the claim was that these=
beasts never raised their necks very high, because the blood pressure would=
cause the neck to burst. How then, do we explain Brachiosaurus which *had*=
to hold it's head straight up, due to the arrangment of the spinal collumn?
=46urther, it seemed that Crichton's (sp?) explanation on the long necks of=
sauropods was wierd. He claimed that the neck was so long because it acted=
as a counterbalance for the tail, using the analogy of how bridge supports=
work. It seems to me that this is putting the Thagomiser ahead of the=
Stegosaurus, wouldn't the sauropod tail make more sense as a counterbalance=
for the head???
Aveichthies: The flying fish!