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Re: Sauropod Necks As Weapons



On Tue, 10 Dec 2002, Dann Pigdon wrote:
> Richard W Travsky wrote:
> 
> > Both neck and tail no doubt could have been used. The problem with the
> > tail usage is being able to see the target to hit effectively.
> > 
> > The vulnerability of the neck might be overstated.
> 
> For my take on this, see
> http://www.cmnh.org/dinoarch/2000Jul/msg00689.html
> 
> With a quick diagram at
> http://www.geocities.com/dannsdinosaurs/diplodoc.gif

Clever, but try it yourself - that is, bend over (situate yourself either
as standing up, or on all fours) and look between your back legs.

The limbs will obstruct your vision quite a bit. This would be cricital
if there are multiple predators. And if the critter is trying to escape at
the same time...