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RE: Bipedal apatosaurs and stegosaurs?
Jeff Martz wrote:
>> where it will be more stable. This posture would place the CG so high,
>> that it would have to constantly correct itself to keep from falling over.
>> All this would use up a lot of energy.
> It might have solved this by bracing itself by placing its forlembs
>against the tree.
I have a feeling that a several ton sauropod leaning against a tree
would play lumberjack very quickly. "He's a lumberjack, and he's OK.
He sleeps all night, and he works all day!"
>> 90' diplodicus reared up would have it's head at the very tops of the
>> pines, and there isn't that much foliage available for consumption).
> No one has any idea how tall trees got to be in Morrison
>times. The plant fossils just aren't that good. By the way, about high
>high was Brachiosaurus's head above the ground, even if it wasn't rearing?
I agree that the lack of information regarding tree sizes is difficult
to get around, but I think that regardless of how tall they got, there
would still be a lot more foliage at ground level then at reared-Diplo
Good 'ol Brachiosaurus would certianly be up there, but it would be
rather short of the 90' mark. Perhaps we could get a handle of how
tall Jurassic conifers got by the size of Brachio. There would
certainly be enough foliage to warrent a larger animal.
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