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Re: Question about Sauropod Nostril Placement



> Everything proposed for sauropod diet is sharp and prickly; perhaps
> moving the nostrils back facilities getting them painfully stabbed in
> the tender lining of the nose less often.

The tender lining of the nose _was_ at the front end of the skull. Just the
bony nares weren't. Remember Witmer's paper from 2001 in Science?

> It don't know if anyone's suggested 'the skull handles biting stress
> better that way', but that would be the fairly obvious one; even
> incremental improvements would be important if you're in a food-intake
> constrained growth race to breeding age with all the other sauropods.

Sounds interesting... should be easily testable nowadays.