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Re: hadrosaurid speed again (was: Maastrichtian extinction)

On Friday, November 15, 2002, at 10:34 PM, Tim Donovan wrote:

[...] and faster speed- conferred by longer legs- to catch it. IMHO, it isn't at all surprising that taxa which seem least able to resist attack or flee-the nearly hornless centrosaurines and relatively short legged, bulky lambeosaurs, respectively-were eclipsed by Tyrannosaurus. It reprsented a major leap in predatory capability, and not all of the contemporaries of Albertosaurus could adapt.

I think Rob Gay's post on hadrosaurid limb proportions falsified your hypothesis that lambeosaurines were slower than hadrosaurines. You have cited no references and given no data to support your (often repeated) opinion; and you never answered Rob's post.


Similarly, you have not provided any data to support the conclusion that longer legged animals are faster, and when presented with evidence to the contrary:


you simply ignore it.

So please, supply us with _actual data_, not just restatements of opinion, it's getting tiresome. In particular I would like to see data that supports the conclusion that longer legs = faster in medium to large sized animals, and that the small differences observed in hadrosaurine/lambeosaurine leg length would have a significant effect on speed.