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Re: Dinosauria vocalizations
In a message dated 1/17/02 12:03:00 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> I see no reason to assume muteness in sauropods either. Robert Bakker
> has illustrated sauropod cranial air passages in an effort to consider
> their vocal abilities (see _The Dinosaur Heresies_) and has reportedly
> spoken on the subject of "brontosaur" vocalization, but I don't know if
> any in-depth studies have been done. Of course, Witmer's recent
> reconstructions of anterior nostril position in dinosaurs (reported in
> _Science_ last year) might modify dinosaur vocal output.
You wouldn't expect sauropods to have a mammalian-style larynx, anyway, would
you? Isn't a bird's syrinx located farther down in the chest?