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Re: sauropod feeding dogma*



On Mon, 1 Apr 1996 GSP1954@aol.com wrote:

> The long cervical ribs of many sauropods and other archosaurs were probably
> rather poorly ossified and fairly flexible, so their necks where probably
> more bendable than some think. One hopes so, since the high shouldered, erect
> necked mamenchisaurs would have had a hard time getting a drink otherwise. 
> 
> GSPaul

        One would guess that they might have used a strategy similar to 
giraffes and spread their front legs, or went down on their elbows, to 
drink. The reconstruction of Indricotherium, I've heard, lacks enough 
neck to reach the ground at all. 
        -nick L.