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Re: PALEONEWS: Monstrous Dinosaur Found In Texas
On Mon, 10 Jan 2000 10:06:17 -0800 Betty Cunningham
>since it said "a vertebra weighing up to 1,200 pounds" I just assumed
>this was unknown until they got the whole thing out of the ground.
>I also assumed it was identified as a neck vertebra since they had to
>guess neck lengths with soemthing...
>Tracy Ford wrote:
>> It's funny that they highlighted the weight of the vertebrae,<snip>
Did the article say if that vertebra weight was "in life", or the field
weight (fossil weight)?
The weight of fossil bone can sometimes be double or triple the weight of
the unfossilized bone.
And this is where both the heirarchy of field workers and beer come into
the picture. The lower that one is on the field worker chain of command,
the heavier the blocks appear to be. Similarly, the colder and tastier
the beer is at the end of a day's work, the heavier those blocks were.
Disclaimers: This post was in no way meant to endorse alcohol
consumption, nor to imply anything about the judgement of crew chiefs on
paleontology digs. Your mileage may vary. Voided in Kansas by the Kansas
Board of Education.
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