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Re: GREAT WHOPPER HORNED DINOSAURS?
Greg Paul wrote:
> What is kind of scary is that some of the Ceratopsipes prints are
> 0.6-0.8 meters across! ... The alternative, that there were much
> smaller bodied ceratopsids with really big feet is very improbable
> because large animals tend to be fairly consistent in foot
> dimensions relative to over all size.
While this is generally true, there *is* at least one systematic
set of exceptions: animals that frequent areas with soft, marshy
soil. A good modern example is the reedbuck, which has larger hooves
than other comparably sized antelope.
This is certainly a good possibility for the ornithopods, at least.
and perhaps for the ceratopsids.
The peace of God be with you.