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Re: Re[1] Re : New Tyrannosaurus paper



From: dexter dexter <dexter1647@caramail.com>

Another thing to concider : They used 6,000 kg for MOR 555,
which is heavy. In Currie's 2000 paper, he claims the
Anderson method gives 4,160 kg for MOR 555. Would such a big
(~1.45) difference in weight affect the outcome of their
method ?

According to the paper, actual body mass is irrelevent, and does not factor into the equation:
"Although [body mass] is unknown for extinct taxa, our calculation expressed the required extensor muscle mass as a percentage of body mass (T), factoring out [body mass] (see Methods)."


Jordan Mallon

http://www.geocities.com/paleoportfolio/

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