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Re: Sauropod Necks
On Wed, 12 Jul 2000, Matthew Bonnan wrote:
> Bruce Shilling said:
> >Hi, All!
> > Just a thought - if the neck of an apatosaur couldn't be brought above
> >the horizontal, where does that put the center of gravity? It seems to me
> >that would make rearing __much_ more difficult, as the neck (and to a
> >extent the head) would be pretty influential 'way out there...
> > B.
> Now you're catching on! =) Yet another item to ponder when considering
> rearing in sauropods. Maybe they did, but we need to be more like Missouri
> -- the SHOW ME state. =) =P
Some sort of rearing capability may well have been needed in males
(An alternate scenario might be if the female knelt down on her
front legs. Just a thought.)