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RE: Theropod stance balance


If you look at some of the recent mounts of _Tyrannosaurus_ (i.e. within the last 20 years), you will see that the pubis is very large (and heavy), and is low to the ground compared with the rest of the dinosaur. This gives the animal a low center of gravity, and the weight of the upper part of the body (head, chest, arms, etc.) is fairly well balanced by the tail. The heavy pubis and this balance sort-of insures that the animal will tend to move with its spine parallel (or nearly so) to the ground.

Note that most restorations show that the vertebral column is slightly raised toward the front of the animal. (4-5% or less angle).

Hope this helps.

Allan Edels

From: Manuel Parrado <meparrado@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: meparrado@yahoo.com
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Theropod stance balance
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 08:59:46 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings all.
I have grown curious lately of how theropods like
tyrannosauroids managed to stay on their feet without
toppling forward.
By looking at some skeletal reconstructions and other
illustrations, it looks like tyrannosuarus, for
instance, is very front heavy considering the vert
large head and how far it is from the hips.  In some
other big theropods like allosuarus, the tail looks
very long in comparison and the head smaller so it
looks better balanced to hold the axial skeleton in a
horizontal position.
Can anybody comment and/or point to some articles
covering body balance in tyrannosaurs?

Manuel Parrado

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