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Re: Bakker & whiptails - jog my memory please!

ALDINO1@aol.com inquired:

>Can any of you recall that popular article by Robert Bakker that appeared a
few years ago where he introduced readers to his concept of sauropods using
their tails defensively as bullwhips.  (At least I think it was BAkker who
wrote this.  If not, who wass it then?)

>Do any of you recall the article I am only vaguely recalling?  If you do
you slip me the magazine reference citation so I can track it down again?
(You can reply to me instead of  the group.)<

    In addition to the reference in Bakker's book (just referenced on-list
by Garrison Hilliard) list member Nathan P. Myhrvold and co-author Philip J.
Currie, presented a scientific paper that might be of interest in that
context (or independently), entitled: SUPERSONIC SAUROPODS?  TAIL DYNAMICS
IN THE  DIPLODOCIDS.  It was delivered at Dinofest '98 in Philadelphia.  The
abstract for that paper was published in THE >DINOFEST< SYMPOSIUM, the
publication of abstracts from the symposium's papers.

    I am not sure whether the actual paper has been published in the planned
proceedings of that 1998 symposium, which I have heard might be available at
DINOFEST 2000, in Chicago.  Does anyone of you out there in dinolist land
know whether the proceedings are ready or will be ready for the Chicago

    Still better, if Nathan Myhrvold is reading this, I wonder if he could
report on the availability of that paper, or of any subsequent versions or
extrapolations therefrom, which might be accessible.

    The >DINOFEST<, '98 paper referenced, discussed the possibility that at
least some Sauropods might have snapped their whip-like tails in such a way
as to produce a super-sonic bang (snap, pop, or whatever) that might have
been used for defense, communication, intraspecific rivalry, or even in
courtship.  Unfortunately, I missed that interesting talk, so know only what
I have read in the abstract.

    Ray Stanford