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Re: Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus (Was Re: Novel way to reconstruct a skull)

Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> After reading about how much leeway there was in the way the skull was
> reconstructed--by flexing and bending wax replicas of the individual bones
> "until they fit together"(!)--I believe one could deform the
> braincase--deliberately!--to make it look very different from that of
> _Apatosaurus_. Doctor Bob is not necessarily above this kind of chicanery to
> push forward a passionately held viewpoint.

I think Dr. Bakker is very much 'above' a deliberate deformation.  This
appears to be a valid attempt at reconstruction, and is essentially
identical in concept to techniques currently being used to remove
distortion from Quetzalcoatlus cervical vertebrae.


> I'd like to see this
> method employed by other researchers before I'd agree to its reliability.

see comment above.
                        Best wishes,
                                Jim Cunningham