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Re: Baja-ing Dinosaurs
> Please elaborate a little bit on exactly what about the Tricertops was=
>dune buggyish, and how that would have worked well in desert environment.
The basic premise of my argument is an explanation of why the sprawling=
forlimb posture evolved in the first place. This is why I used=
Protoceratops. As for Triceratops, look at what happens when one takes a=
vehicle designed for rough, unstable terrain, and use it in a stable=
environment (a forest, for example). That vehicle was originally designed=
for stability, with a low center of gravity; as well as built to be highly=
manuverable (necessary if one is to be dune-busting). The Triceratops is=
built in a similar manner; it is very low to the ground, with its feet=
planted away from the body, giving it a stable "suspension." Likewise, the=
forlimb posture would have enabled the ceratopian to turn on a dime by=
planting one foot, and rotating around it. This would also mean that it=
wouldn't have to slow down to turn (a definate advantage). This=
combination of characteristics would make a Triceratops moving at full tilt=
very hard to catch; a survival advantage.
Therefore, the sprawling posture in this group explains why they were so=
successful in the Late Cretaceous; the theropods simply couldn't catch them=
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