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Re: Re[Re:Sauropod Neck]

Betty Cunningham wrote:

<Quetzecoatlus northropi seems to also have had a VERY
stiff neck. For a flight-capable animal with a 10 foot
long neck it was rather strongly reinforced and
probably didn't have much freedom of movement in many

Sibbick shows this stiffness in two of his line
drawings of Quetz in the _Encyclopdeia of Pterosaurs_>

  On the contrary, *Q.* sp. has a flexible neck,
capable of quite some dorsoventral flexure. There may
have also been a great deal of rotation inate in the
cerviocranial joint (occipital condyle and atlas), and
for a six-foot head, this may have been quite
significant. Okay, there's an if. The study's not out
yet. No study has been made of Quetz' neck, so
Sibbick's painting is hypothetical, rather than based
on fact. I guess storks and other long-necked birds
were the basis of the restoration, but that's a guess.

Jaime "James" A. Headden

  Dinosaurs are horrible, terrible creatures! Even the
  fluffy ones, the snuggle-up-at-night-with ones. You think
  they're fun and sweet, but watch out for that stray tail
  spike! Down, gaston, down, boy! No, not on top of Momma!

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