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Gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs
I don't think this paper was mentioned on the list before and might be of some
Rauhut, Oliver. 2005. 40 m land und 100t schwer - Der Gigantismus der
sauropoden Dinosaurier [40 metres long and 100 tuns weight - gigantism in
sauropod dinosaurs]. Fossilien, 4: 208-213.
Original English abstract: The large size is one of the hallmarks of dinosaurs.
Within this group, it is especially the long-necked dinosaurs, the sauropods,
which reached sizes unrivalled by any other terrestrial vertebrates. However,
although great progress has been made in recent years, the reasons for this
gigantism and the question, how these animal functioned biomechanically and
physiologically are still not fully understood. The old image of overweight,
clumsy, and rather dim amphibious beasts has been replaced by the modern view
of highly successful terrestrial animals that combine a remarkable leight but
strong anatomical construction with interesting physiological adaptations, but
many aspects of sauropod biology need further elucidation. A new DFG (German
Research Foundation) research unit, in which palaeontologists, zoologists,
physiologist, biomechanists, and material scientists from seven universities in
three different countries are united in an interdisciplin!
approach, will now shed new light on these issues.
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