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Re: Parasaurolophus neck/head flap.
>>I'll say that I've suspected something of the sort. I've drawn a >>few
hadrosaurids with dewlaps -- this based on the very thin neck >>and the
propensity at body parts with some visual modifications. A >>thin neck
like that just looked like a bovine's or bird's neck, and >>both groups
sprout dewlaps and/or wattles. Chickens've got this >>formation on their
heads, too, and turkeys sprout them from the >>beak. I may be reaching
>I am not sure I agree with your assertion that birds have thick
>necks. Most or all birds so a reduction in the cervical musclature.
I didn't say birds have thick necks. Refer above to see what I actually
Below I've illustrated in real basic ascii the structure in a bovine's
neck. One can quite easily supplant "bovine" with "hadro- saur", and the
illustration would hardly change. I removed the pectoral girdle for less
complicated maneuvering of my little "pic".
dorsal spines, supporting neck muscles and tendon
tendon ____ /
_____ / _/||||\
\ \\\\\\\\\ ----ribs
skull \ \\\\\
Ask, and I'll send a better illustrated model of both animals compared
to each other, and the tendon isolated. Oh, and wasn't there another
post on this subject? I believe someone gave the name for this tendon,
but I can't remember it.
Jaime A. Headden
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