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Ain't No Mountain Low Enough [elephants don't like steep terrain]



This might have had implications for sauropods as well:

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Ain't No Mountain Low Enough
By Briahna Gray
ScienceNOW Daily News
25 July 2006

In his attempt to conquer the western world in 218 B.C.E., Carthaginian general Hannibal famously lost all but one of his elephants while crossing the Alps. A new study may explain why: Elephants just don't dig climbing.

It may not be much of a surprise that elephants aren't mountaineers. They weigh an average of 5000 kilograms, after all. And anecdotal evidence suggests that the pachyderms avoid hills when they migrate. So Iain Douglas-Hamilton, a geologist and chief executive of the Save the Elephants charity based in Nairobi, Kenya, decided to spy on a group of elephants in Northern Kenya. Over 2 years, Douglas-Hamilton and colleagues tracked 60 elephants with global positioning technology.

By plotting the routes on topographical maps, they learned that the pachyderms consistently avoided all slopes with inclines over 43 degrees...

More here:
http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2006/725/2


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