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Re: Refurbished Berlin Brachiosaurus Mount

Mike Taylor (mike@indexdata.com) wrote:

<Well.  My expectation of what Brachiosaurus looked like is based on its
shoulder being six meters above the ground.  Which is why a 9m neck
contributing only another one meter is "feeble".  Any brachiosaur not able to
do better than that would have had serious self-image problems and would have
needed a lot of conselling.>

  Aside from the shoulder being 6m up, the head is positionable at 9m IN ANY
DIRECTION from the core of the body, including parallel to the ground. This
does not require it to be vertical or even semi-vertical. The same is true for
giraffes, which do not hold their necks vertically (at least passively as
extensively illustrated and characterized for the bulk of sauropods).


Jaime A. Headden

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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