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Re: Refurbished Berlin Brachiosaurus Mount
Jaime A. Headden writes:
> Aside from the shoulder being 6m up, the head [of Brachiosaurus
> brancai] 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.
Of course. I am not aware that _anyway_ has ever argued that
Brachiosaurus was incapable of lowerig its neck to a horizontal
position! The question is whether it _all_ it could do, as Kent
> 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).
I've often seen this asserted, to the point where it now seems like
orthodoxy. But whenver I see giraffes in a zoo, they are standing
with their necks near-vertical.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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