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Re: Stego/Ankylo limbs
On Sun, 4 Feb 1996, Rob Meyerson wrote:
> >Ungulates solve this problem by having their scapulae swing across their=20
> >often rather bulky ribcages. Like ungulates, ceratopians have no=20
> >clavicles, and this may well have allowed the scapulae to swing, which=20
> >would also increase the reach of the rather short forelimbs. This was,=20
> >AFAIK, first suggested by Bakker.
> The problem of this senario is that it sounds like the shoulder isn't really=
> attached to the body (unless the scapula solidly attached to something). =
> It seems to me that this kind of "soft" attachment would tea the limb off=
> the body at high stresses/speeds.
The shoulder is, AFAIK, *never* solidly attached to the ribcage. This
system works pretty darn well for rhinos, by the way.
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