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Re: Jobaria and the Elephant Commit Suicide

the Nat Geo DINOSAUR tv show on Jobaria had a "structural
engineer/paleontologist" reconstructing a chain-and-wood pelvis/hindlimb
in articulation (life-sized).  It showed what position the muscles
(represented by a chain pulley system) would be stressed the most, I
suppose so they could spot the areas to test for greatest stress on the
bone itself.

for what it's worth.....

-Betty Cunningham

> NJPharris@aol.com wrote:
> > I believe (and correct me if I'm wrong) that the Sereno team's findings
> > indicated that the femora were three times as strong as they needed to be 
> > *to
> > support the animal in the rearing position*.

Michael de Sosa wrote:
> Hmmm... what if the femora of these sauropods were three times as strong
> as they needed to be because they had to hold up another sauropod during
> mating?

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