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Re: ceratopsian forelimbs and the galloping question
I saw a documentary recently that discussed the controversy over the front
legs of ceratopsians. As I understand it, a new articulated specimen was
discovered that revealed the true placement of the legs and it showed that
horned dinosaurs could indeed gallop. Is this the case? If anybody has
firsthand info I would be pleased to see it.
Recently I saw a ceratopsian specimen at the Canadian Museum of Nature
(unfortunately, I do not feel that it is right for me to go into details
about this specimen. Doing so could lead to conflict with a researcher who I
do consider to be my friend). The specimen was still in its matrix at the
time and its posture suggested a sprawling configuration.
I believe I saw the same documentary and that _Triceratops_ specimen
appeared to be laying on its side. So, if the animal did have a sprawling
configuration to its legs, and it were lying on its side, when the flesh
then decayed, it is likely that the humeri would be forced to rotate under
I don't pretend to be a trained (and experienced) paleontologist, but from
what I have seen, I don't think that the posture of the fossil animal as it
appears in its matrix is all that indicative of its posture in life.
All the best,
1st Year Pure&Applied Science
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