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Re: Sauropod drinking

I was under the impression that only the theory that they completely
submerged themselves was disproved by the water pressure fact. They could
still wade, or swim( which brings ludicrous imagery to my mind, I picture
them paddling like a dog, I don't know, it's the only way I can imagine it)
It hardly seems possible for them to have swam decently.

> From: Betty Cunningham <bettyc@flyinggoat.com>
> To: jconrad@lib.drury.edu
> Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Sauropod drinking
> Date: Tuesday, July 14, 1998 3:51 AM
> so now we're talking the classic image of sauropods chest deep in water,
> a belief notably in disfavor the last 15 years.  
> Was it perhaps water pressure on the internal organs at that depth that
> helped eliminate sauropods from water?.
> And if so, how to account for the 'swimming sauropod' trackway?
> -Betty Cunningham
> Jack wrote:
> > 
> > There's been discussion recently about the problems of sauropods
> > water up their throats if they were bending over to drink.  There's
> > been some discussion that brachiosaurs might have trouble getting their
> > heads down that far.  Couldn't these animals have waded into water deep
> > to, say, their elbows or shoulders and reduced the problems caused in
> > scenarios?  Of course this would require a lot of water, but they might
> > have sought out these larger pools anyway because of the large needs of
> > the herd (pod, bront, whatever ;)
> > 
> > jc