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So can I take it from the silence that Scott Hartman and I are the
only people on the list interested in zgyphyseal disarticulation? :-)
Here's a re-post, for anyone who deleted the original and now wishes
they'd kept it around.
Kent Steven's and Michael Parrish's 1999 paper on the DinoMorph
project, seems still to be the main (and maybe the only?) published
work on the anatomical side of this project:
Stevens, K. A., and Parrish J. M., 1999, Neck Posture and
Feeding Habits of Two Jurassic Sauropod Dinosaurs: Science,
v. 284, p. 798-800.
(There's also Stevens's Senckenbergiana Lethaea paper, but that's
really about computer science, not animals.)
I know they are working on follow-up papers, but I've not spotted any.
Have I missed anything that's come out recently?
Anyway, the _Science_ paper says:
Our manipulation of muscle and ligament preparations
of extant bird necks indicated that synovial capsules
constrain movement such that paired pre- and
postzygapophyses could only be displaced to the point
where the margin of one facet reaches roughly the
midpoint of the other facet, at which point the
capsule is stretched taut (20).
But then when you look up the reference, it just says:
20. J. M. Parrish and K. Stevens, unpublished data.
My question: does anyone know of published work on the extent to which
zygophyses can slide across each other, ideally in a variety of taxa?
Or is Stevens & Parrish's "unpublished data" the state of the art?
(Subsidiary question: does anyone know where I can get a wide
selection of necks on the cheap? :-)