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RE: whip tails

Actually, the thin tip of the whip, called the cracker or popper will
usually last several thousand cracks.  A whip-cracking dinosaur tail would
presumably have dead skin, keratin or scales that could grow constantly and
replenish what was lost due to wear.   If evolution created the whiplash
tail - a highly derived feature - it is not hard to believe that they grow
some skin on the end of it.


> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 1997 2:54 PM
> To:   dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject:      whip tails
> 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