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Re: Dino locomotuon article
At 11:31 AM 5/9/99 -0500, Megaraptor wrote:
>I ran across this article today and I though you, the members of the DML
>might find it interesting, so here it is:
> Foot-Movement Similarity In
> Dinosaurs And Birds Shown by
> Fossil Footprints
>Research examining theropod dinosaur prints has found that foot motions
>were preserved in three dimensions when the meat eaters slopped through
>mud 210 million years ago. And
>while there are significant differences in the position of the big toe,
>foot posture and hind limb movement, the footprints show similarities
>with those made by modern day birds.
>The study will be published in the journal Nature.
Note that it already HAS been published, and in fact the whole text and
figures are web-accessible (as the Nature Feature of the Week) at:
(This is the main page for the Feature of the Week, from which several
dinosaur, pterosaur, and other vert track papers are available. The study
mentione above is:
Three-dimensional preservation of foot movements in Triassic theropod dinosaurs
STEPHEN M. GATESY, KEVIN M. MIDDLETON, FARISH A. JENKINS JR & NEIL H. SHUBIN
So you have to go down a screen to get to this one).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661