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Re: 'Kitchen science' reveals dinosaurs died in agony

Some pictures of a Bactrian camel in the death pose at:

"It was a Bactrian camel that died several months ago. Its skin, tanned by the wind and sand, looked more like sheet metal, draped over its ribcage. Its neck was drawn back to its head, with a wooden nose post still in place in its dried muzzle. A spider scurried under the carcass, where beetles and other insects gathered in harmony for a feast that would last several months."

"This posture - an animal laying on its side with legs flexed and neck drawn back - is known as the "death pose." Most relatively complete dinosaur skeletons are buried in a similar pose, because the same factors were at work after death. An animal dies and falls over; the carcass bloats as gasses emerge from the rotting flesh; the carcass collapses as the flesh is eaten away; the legs flex and the neck is drawn back as the strong tendons and ligaments shorten under the sun."

From the "Kitchen Science" press release:
<Working with a raptor recovery center, she obtained birds that were so badly injured they had to be euthanized - great horned owls, red-tailed hawks and falcons - and observed them during rigor mortis, checking periodically for eight to 10 hours to see if they moved during the process." >

< " In horses and smaller animals, rigor mortis sets in within a couple of hours, so I just looked to see if they were moving or not," Faux said. "And they weren't moving. They were staying in whatever position I'd left them in. I thought, 'If birds aren't doing it, and I'd never observed a horse doing it, then why would dinosaurs be doing it?'" >

Maybe the specimens needed to be bloated and out in the sun for several months--not just hours or days? I'm pretty sure the camel wasn't transported by water.

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