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Re: Resting Sauropods

 Brian Franczak wrote: 


> Depictions of theropods and ceratopians
> reclining cat-like/cow-like on their sides have always bothered me for
> this reason, since without lumbar vertebrae, I wouldn't have thought
> that position possible for them. Comments?
> Brian (franczak@ntplx.net)
> http://www.paleolife-art.com

I always understood that, because of their weight, elephants couldn't 
lie down on their side for very long because the pressure on their 
organs and intestines would become too great. Similar stresses in 
sauropods must have been enormous.

Ilja Nieuwland