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Re: T.rex and elephants (joke)



Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> 
> >       I've seen a clip from the movie "George of the jungle" and
> >it clearly shows an elephant running. You're not about to suggest
> >that movies are ever less than scientificly accurate are you?
> 
> :-)
> 
> Actually, though, you DIDN'T see it running.  In biomechanics, a "run" is a
> gait in which all four feet are simultaneously off the ground.  Elephants
> don't do that.  They do, however, have a very fast paced walk called an
> "amble", and can cover a whole lot of ground in a short amount of time.
> (And, since distance/time = speed, they can amble faster than a lot of
> animals can run).
> 
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
> Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
> University of Maryland        Phone:301-405-4084
> College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661

        Actually, though, it was made to run using computer animation.
I think the joke has somewhat lost its lustre now. Such a waste
of electrons...
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