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Re: Anatomical terminology

----- Original Message -----
From: "Teoslola" <bkazmer39@yahoo.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: Anatomical terminology

> Thanks, but the point I was trying to make is that
> dorsal just isn't necessary to use in the description
> of a vertebra. When we used the term dorsal in any
> exam I have ever taken dorsal was incorrect as it
> never lets anyone in on the location. In four legged
> walkers by the body plan all vertebrae are in a dorsal
> position. SO using the term dorsal isn't needed. You
> have to use a more specific term.

The confusion here is that in animals where there is no difference between
thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, these are together called dorsal vertebrae.
So while all vertebrae are indeed dorsal, cervical, sacral and caudal
vertebrae are not dorsal vertebrae.