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At 09:38 AM 7/24/97 -0700, you wrote:
>> I also believe that the caudo-femoralis (or is it caudi-femoralis?) was
>>the major propulsive muscle group in dinosaurs.
>This has already been stated by Steve Gatesy in his numerous publications
>on the topic (e.g. 1990's caudofemoral musculature and the evolution of
>theropod locomotion, Paleobiology 16(2): 170-186; also see chapter in
>Thomason's Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology tome, and
>references therein); it does seem quite apparent that the caudofemoralis
>longus was a major femoral retractor in many non-maniraptoran dinos, as in
See also the latest publications on the subject:
Gatsey, S.M. & K.P. Dial. 1996. Locomotor modules and the evolution of
avian flight. Evolution 50: 331-340.
Gatsey, S.M. & K.M. Middleton. 1997. Bipedalism, flight, and the evolution
of theropod locomotor diversity. Journal of Vert Paleo 17(2): 308-329.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
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