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Running speed of T. rex

With regard to Tom's suggestion that T. rex might have been able to run
faster than it DID run, for safety reasons: Hmm. Are there any modern
comparisons? Is there any creature that respects a "safety" limit on its
own abilities?

I imagine (*guess!*) that a giraffe, running at top speed, would be likely
to be badly injured if it fell. Lots of mass, high center of gravity,
spindly legs. So do giraffes not run as fast as they can, or do they just
(usually) not fall?

Steve Jackson, sj@io.com - this will do till I fix my .sig file . . .