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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
represented 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.
No, it didn't take into account the larger size and longer legs of
Anatotitan, or its more gracile build.
and you never answered Rob's post.
Somebody else did.
Similarly, you have not provided any data to support the conclusion that
longer legged animals are faster
Not just longer legs, but other evidence for cursoriality. Elephants
have long legs but are not cursorial. Hadrosaurs had hooves and evolved to
flee. The last of them had the longest legs and the most gracile build.
Also, it wasn't just a matter of speed but endurance.
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