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Re: Jobaria and the Elephant Commit Suicide



In a message dated 11/12/99 10:04:58 PM EST, rtravsky@uwyo.edu writes:

<< If the pelvic region could support three times the weight, then it seems
 overbuilt. And with the center of gravity close to the pelvic region, a
 controlled descent is not unimaginable. I think a more pertinent question
 to ask is how was the pushoff accomplished. >>

Pushoff was really a pullup--by the caudifemoral retractors, which pulled the 
tail down toward the femora and thereby rotated the body up about the 
acetabulum. The animal simultaneously "fell" back on its tail, which pulled 
the forequarters up into the "rearing" position.