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Re: whip tails
I had problems with the article when one of the illustrated "optimum curvatures'
for sauropods was with the head about 4 feet below ground level. Seems a lot
wishful thinking in the article after that........
PS, while peeking in the new book section of the latest December Discovery
magazine, there was some noise about a new book about an old dinosaur
hunter....ref is at home, but I recall it was a British scientist looking for
> Well the new york times science section had an artical about whip tails and
> said that a computer simulation by Nathan Myhrvold showed that the super
> sonic tail was possible. He apparently had discussions with Currie. It said gs
> Paul was "well it might be possible but a lot of other people hate the idea".
> Then said Ken Carpender said garbage in garbage out which is reall the case
> hear. I think these people don't really know how the whip works and will our
> local expert (Betty)flame me if i'm out of line. But as I remember as a young
> amature (guarding my whatevers) it is the bits of cow hide tied to the end
> that really reach these speeds and produce the sound. When you pull the whip
> back the pieces snap together causing the noise. Now if that's true, how the
> hell does the dino replenish its tail pieces because they really wear out
> fast. Anyhow the artical is worth reading for enjoyment if not reality.
> paul sparks