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height (was Re: Velociraptor)



At 03:21 PM 11/11/97 -0500, ES wrote:
>There is a general confusion about the HEIGHT of an animal and the LENGTH of an
>animal.

>HEIGHT goes from the ground to the highest point of the animal which could be
>either the top of head or the shoulder depending on how the animal stood up.

The "standard" height measurement for most dinosaurs is *hip* height: this
is much less subjective, as we can get a fairly good idea of the length of
the hindlimb.  It also is much less susceptible to different neck positions.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
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College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661