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Re: W. D. Matthew's _Dinosaurs_
Dan Pigdon wrote: "The Triceratops and Stegosaurus representations in
Figure 6 don't look too much different to modern reconstructions (the
stegosaur's tail was even elevated). It seems they got the diplodocid
neck postures 'right' as well (so we've recently come full circle!)."
Aaaack! Granted those are pretty cartoony, but still, they have little
in common with our modern understanding of dinosaur anatomy. The
stegosaur has the short, overly thick neck that results from setting
the pectoral girdle too far forward on the ribcage (all the dinos in
Fig. 6 seem to have that problem), the players are in a single row (or
else perfectly paired set of two rows...both wrong) and the spikes
are...just not right. The artist was overly generous with the number
of claws on the forefoot, and while the tail is indeed off the ground,
the base of the tail would still have to be painfully dislocated for
the caudal series to drop that rapidly.
The Triceratops is only marginally better, including a small set of
thigh muscles that ignore the gigantic illia ceratopsians have. As for
the "brontosaur", Kent Stevens would find the back is straighter, so
while the drooping neck is in accord thematically with his ONP
findings, it still would be disarticulated at the base of the neck.
The tail droops impossibly fast at the base as well.
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