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Dakota the Dinosaur Mummy
Delurking for a moment.
None of the posted links seem to work for me so speaking from only the
posts so far......
How does a "big ass" translate into the animal moved more quickly?
Besides, filling a skin capsule could be with fat or fat marbling
muscle instead of pure muscle. Iguanas et al use their hind ends/
tails to store fat for instance. I ask, is there a likely possibility
other than the obvious inverse relationship that one would expect
(that adding mass decreases speed)? Having a "big ass" certainly
could lower the center of gravity but that doesn't make a Ferrari out
of a LandCruiser. The biggest horses are not the fastest ones by any
means. That is why the Clydesdales pull beer wagons and don't go out
jogging at the race track every day. I'll place my wager on the T-rex
(assuming they were hunters and not just overgrown vultures) against
the "fat ass" (ed) hadrosaur any day and take odds on the bet.
Frank (Rooster) Bliss
On Dec 2, 2007, at 1:38 PM, MKIRKALDY@aol.com wrote:
In a message dated 12/2/2007 3:16:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
<I suspect this is an embargo break of a story the National
Society has embargoed until closer to the time the television show
Agencies may distribute the news earlier, but papers are supposed
to honor the
Possibly--there's more of the story on the National Geographic
"Based on the dimensions of Dakota’s skin capsule, paleontologists
calculated that the duckbill’s posterior was 25 percent more massive
expected. Manning puts it a bit crudely: 'This animal had a big
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