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Re: The death throes of drowning
> Does anybody know if there's any research that shows that animals that
>drown end up in the contorted death pose (ie neck and tail bent over the
>back) that some dinosaurs are found in?
It isn't necessarily drowning victims: it's any dinosaur (or other long
necked critter) which is exposed to *drying* subsequent to death. When the
nuchal ligaments (which run down the spine) dry up, the shrink, pulling the
head and tail up over the back. Dino rigor mortis.
> Anybody know what percentage of dinosaurs are found in such a pose?
13.786% Okay, I made that up. I have no figures for this.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742