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Re: Bouncing Allosaurs

Lots of discussions have developed today. So I'll add my 2 cents:
(Expect more to come, I have just been informed that my paper HAS been
published at the end of November in the Dinosaur Society Quarterly issue
4.1, but I still haven't got my copy -- snail-mail deserves its name on this
continent --, and university has begun today, so before weekend I won't have
much time. :.-( :.-( :.-( )

> > > Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 10:01:04 -0600
> > > From: "Todd Marshall" <todd@sunstorm.net>
> > >
> > > Does anyone know; if and when this WWD special on "Big Al" is going
> > > to be aired here in the US ( I take it Mike is from the UK, or am I
> > > wrong?  If so sorry)? I don't think I missed it, have I?
> >
> > Yes, I am from the UK; the BBC, to its credit, thought that Big Al was
> > important and interesting enough to go out of Christmas day!

Austrian TV has broadcast it on December 31, they obviously thought it was
important, too. It's mind-boggling that it has been broadcast here (they
even found time to translate it into German), where the entire Mesozoic
terrestrial vertebrate record consists of scraps, where there are no
paleontologists specialised on dinosaurs (though we apparently have world
authorities on cave bears and ammonites), where university professors of
paleontology wouldn't understand half of the discussions on this list and
where there are AFAIK _3_ dinosaur specialists _in spe_,*** and not in the
USA, where there are 80 % (guesstimate) of list members and dinosaur
specialists and where there are bone beds... <LOL> :-D

> > But you don't need to have seen that WWD special to have seen the
> > bouncing Allosaur gait -- it's all over the relevant episodes of the
> > original WWD, and if I remember correctly, their T. rex did something
> > rather similar.

The gait of most WWD dinosaurs is awkward. I remember the migrating herd of
*Iguanodon* -- they were trampling clumsily along the beach. The tails of
most walking WWD dinosaurs, including Big Al, swing to the leg that just
steps forwards like a fat ass; if the caudifemoralis longus muscle really
was important in pulling the leg backwards, as most or all authorities seem
to agree, the tail base should have bent slightly downwards and even more
slightly towards the leg that just stepped _backwards_. (I wonder, however,
whether the muscles that were anchored on the caudal half of the ilium
weren't much more important; in this case the tail should have rarely moved
at all in straight ahead walking.)

> I do have the WWD set at my studio, but I sure
> would like to see that "Big Al" show itself. Was it just based on a
> fictional tale of an allosaur's life similar to the tales in WWD?

The film goes like this: First, Big Al's entire life is shown as a WWD tale.
After he has died, however, his mounted skeleton in the Museum of the
Rockies is shown, and all his injuries, which are important in the tale
part, are explained as sort of a making of. That's the way they should have
the original WWD films, IMHO.

> And did
> they do anything about fixing those somewhat "off" nasal horns that went
> clear back over the orbits? (But I suppose with extra horn growth  that
> wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.)

I haven't looked at that. A head is shown in a close-up, however, and it
looks quite good to me.

> > P.S.  For anyone else who didn't know, I have been told in private
> > correspondence that the correct plural of "Allosaurus" is "Allosauri"
> > -- which I guess is obvious, by analogy with Hippopotamus, if I'd
> > spotted the similarity.

This analogy would be correct, but just like HPs "Jura" and T. Mike Keesey
have pointed out, *Allosaurus* is a genus name, and there is only one genus
*Allosaurus* by definition. What you want would be "two
specimens/individuals/... of *Allosaurus*"; I join the majority and suggest
to use "two *Allosaurus*" for normal use. Same holds, ironically, when you
use *Hippopotamus* the genus name.

***OK, enough of lamenting. For instance, there are no cr**t**n*sts in most
of Europe to speak of. =8-)