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Re: Penguins And Rexes

or "what happens when a Brachiosaurus trips?"

It´s pretty hard to trip quadrupeds when they aren´t running, and I bet a daily jog wasn´t on the leisure menu for Brachiosaurus. There is another reason why large animals are so difficult to trip up; momentum is a simple function of mass and velocity. Because of the huge mass of Brachiosaurus, little items like trees and cars (well, car-sizd objects...) would be unlikely to slow (i.e. decelerate) the animal enough to make tripping a problem. Ok, maybe metasequoyia, but I bet they could manage to avoid the 30 meter tall trees during locomotion...

Scott Hartman
Science Director
Wyoming Dinosaur Center
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