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Re: T. rex vs Edmontosaurus speed
Hutchinson's work on T. rex hip and leg extensor muscle mass is more subtle
than you suggest. As I understand his work, he finds that a hip and leg
extensor muscle mass of 10-20% of total body mass is not sufficient to
produce fast running in T. rex. If there is a weakness in his work, it is
that he models those muscles as cylinders rather than as more efficient and
realistic shapes such as ellipsoids or bicones. Modeling muscles as
cylinders has the effect of significantly under-powering those muscles per
unit of mass. If Hutchinson repeated his analysis using a different model
of muscle shape, my bet is that he would find a T. rex more capable of fast
running than he originally thought. And if the absolutely larger hip and leg
extensor muscle mass suggested by this new fossil holds for T. rex, even
----- Original Message -----
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Subject: Re: T. rex vs Edmontosaurus speed
It's not quite that simple - first of all, it is not absolute muscle
mass, but muscle mass relative to body weight that is important, i.e.,
how large is the percentage of the body mass that is concentrated in
the muscles. Furthermore, there is the question of how the muscles act
- moment arms of the muscles and length of the limb segments.
If you want to see how to calculate with this kind of things, look at
the papers by John Hutchinson.
Re speed vs. musculature, let's for the moment make a loose general
with other animals, horses for example. If musculature is directly
speed, that would imply that Belgians, Percherons, and Clydesdales are
than Thoroughbreds. Is that in fact, the case? In a similar vein, would
mastiff be expected to outrun a greyhound or whippet?
----- Original Message ----- From: "Brandon Pilcher"
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:50 AM
Subject: T. rex vs Edmontosaurus speed
>including the conjecture that it could have outrun T. rex (based on
>examination of Dakota's muscles).
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Martin BÃker
Institut fÃr Werkstoffe
Technische UniversitÃt Braunschweig
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