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Re: [RE: galloping sauropods?]
Did deinosaurs even have a glutius maximus?
I thought that in reptiles, the big leg retractor muscle was the
I also figured that this was one of the big reasons why most mammals have
rather small, thin tails compared to body size
> With the legs held straight (no or little knee flexion) the force is
> transmitted into the hip structure AND the glutius maximus AND into the
> lower back. Animals who stand with their legs straight, therefore have a
> robust hip structure & powerful "butt" muscles. That is the largest muscle
> in the human body (upper thighs are the second biggest). Flexing the knees
> transmits more of the force into the powerful butt & leg muscles & less into
> the lower back.
> As a matter of conjecture, my opinion is they moved much like
> elephants, but
> we don't know this. How fast could they run? Fast enough to evolve
> successfully over millions of years.
> Michael Teuton
> Elephants LOOK like a good model for saurapod movement. Despite
> being straight-legged
> Walkers/runners, we humans are bipedal (YES: EVEN IN TEXAS!) .
> Top human speed is > 20 miles per hour (in a sprint), with ~ 10 miles per
> hour for long distance running. As far as elephant speeds, I KNOW I've seen
> the numbers, but can't call them to memory ATT.
> I do recall be surprised that (whatever value it is) was that fast.
> Still, I'll bet someone on the list knows precisely.
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