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Re: Sauroposeidon (shoulder height information)



Sorry all - that should read 17', not 13' (that'll teach me not to watch the
new Disney trailer instead of checking my sources).

Samuel Barnett
----- Original Message -----
From: Martin Barnett <martin.barnett3@virgin.net>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>; <mbonnan@hotmail.com>; <Philidor11@aol.com>
Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 5:20 AM
Subject: Re: Sauroposeidon (shoulder height information)


> To all interested in the shoulder height of the new sauropod:  The URL for
> "the Wire" that Betty gave us has a sketch of Sauroposeidon standing next
to
> a Brachiosaurus, Giraffe and human (no picts, sorry Nick :-) ).  On that
> it's marked at 13' (look under "dinosaur graphic").  Do with that what you
> will.
>
> Samuel Barnett
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Philidor11@aol.com>
> To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, November 04, 1999 3:59 PM
> Subject: Re: Sauroposeidon
>
>
> > I was wondering how tall sauroposeidon could be at the shoulders and
still
> be
> > able to reach the ground a substantial distance away with that 40 foot
> neck.
> > Ignoring the head and how the neck would be set into the body, I
imagined
> the
> > front of the animal and the place where its head could reach the ground
as
> a
> > right triangle with a 40 foot  hypotenuse.  Taking the shoulders as the
> short
> > side, I tested to see what the length of the long side would have to be:
> > height  5 feet   ground reached at 40 feet (picture that for a moment)
> > height 10 feet  ground reached at 39 feet
> > height 15 feet  ground reached at 37 feet
> > height 20 feet  ground reached at 35 feet
> > height 25 feet  ground reached at 31 feet
> > height 30 feet  ground reached at 26 feet
> > height 35 feet  ground reached at 19 feet
> > Surprising how the estimated 20 foot height sacrifices only 5 feet of
> reach,
> > huh?
> >
> > Of course, if the animal could hold its neck straight up, it would reach
> > branches 60 feet in the air.  I don't suppose brachiosaurs had any sign
of
> > muscles which could lift the rods out of the way, then effectively fuse
> the
> > vertebrae when the head was in the desired position?  I didn't think so.
> > Someone at work asked why the neck was that long.  I explained the
species
> > was bred for racing, and winning by a nose is easier.
>