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Now I am getting _really_ confused! Last time I looked under my car the axles 
were attached to the wheels and, as far as my understanding goes, were there to 
transmit the drive from the engine to those wheels. So in your version of 
dinomobile/autosaur physics they would equate to muscles, no?

I thought it was the chassis (or in modern cars the bodypan & shell ) which  
provided rigidity. 

> They don't in the strictest sense of the word.  However, the main function of 
> axle is to help provide stability, so the vehicle doesn't crumple.  The rib
> cage, which could be seen as analogous, would serve the same function on a
> quadreped.
> Rob
> ***
> The man who has everything ... should be quarantined!