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RE: Fw: Ceratopsian mass estimates
> From: Mike Taylor [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 4:00 AM
> > Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 18:14:42 -0600
> > From: Cliff Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > What does the Guiness book of world records say is the largest
> > modern elephant on record? I have heard that there were jumbo sized
> > ones ( pun intended ) that were in and about ten tons. If I have
> > been misinformed, please enlighten me further.
> The 2002 edition of the Guinness Book of Records says (p. 92):
> The heaviest recorded specimen was a bull shot in
> Mucusso, Angola, on 7 Nov 1974, that had a projected
> standing height of 3.96m (13 ft) and weighed a
> staggering 12.24 tonnes (26,900 lb).
> There are some useful references on the web-page
> In particular, it cites
> Gerald L. Wood. 1978. Animal Facts and Feats. Sterling
> Publishing Co., New York.
> as saying of the elephant in the NMNH atrium that measurements
> indicate a mass of 10886kg.
Robert Melton sent me the following data RE: Loxodonta masses, which I pass on
to the rest of you:
Gerald L. Wood "Animal Facts and Feats"
Sterling Publishing Co. New York 1978
also lists these:
Dhululamithi 384 cm ~= 9000 kg ~= 19,800 lbs
1960vanderByl 383 cm ~= 8900 kg ~= 19,600 lbs
1875Alfred 396 cm ~= 9800 kg ~= 21,600 lbs
1849Oswell 371 cm ~= 8100 kg ~= 17,800 lbs
1839Harris 365 cm ~= 7800 kg ~= 17,200 lbs
So with this data in hand, a 10-11 t Triceratops becomes more reasonable.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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