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Re: rearing up (long)
> Date: Wed, 05 May 1999 08:12:19 -0700
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> From: "k. clay" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> Subject: rearing up (long)
First of all, I'm by no means a dinosaur-expert nor a expert on any
biological/evolutionairy subject. I'm just a person who's interested
in evolution and dinosaurs and I hope I don't offend people on this
site because I wanted to add my own opinion (without evidence or real
Here I go.
> 4. Lastly, if sauropods weren't eating the trees, who was?
> Sorry for the long note.--Ken Clay, M.D.
I agree. Totally.
I think that sauropods could rear up. They 'ate' the trees. What
other function could their long necks have then to reach up? (except
maybe for butting/strangling in mating/territorial-disputes etc).
I don't see why a long (and longer neck) would be usefull to eat
vegetation on the ground. They propably also did, but they could also
walk to the next bush to eat it's leaves. I don't think that
evolution would give the sauropods longer necks just to reach the
next bush earlier than the neighbour in the herd. Horses have a neck
and eat lower vegatation but when necks get longer (girafs) they tend
to feed higher too.
So I think the discussion should be:
How did they do it? What adaptation's?
In stead of:
Did they or didn't they?
Imagine if you had a long neck? Would you reach further for the next
patch of grass/bush or try to reach into the canopy? You would at
I would be thankfull for any reply correcting my 'self-imagined'
views of dinosaurs. I don't want to pretend I have all the answers,
as I know I sure don't, but just try to contribute to the discussion.
J. A. Dol