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Re: dinosaur death poses actually predeath poses

It means that the argument that the strong dorso-flexion of the necks common
to many dinosaur skeletons is a post-mortem effect due to drying of the dorsal
muscles and ligaments pulling the cervical series far beyond that which the
neck could assume in life is apparently incorrect. Instead these poses
represent close the the extreme posture that could be achieved in life.

This is a good point, but the *Sinosauropteryx* specimen pictured by Lingham-Soliar et al. does show something that can't have been achieved in life: the chevrons are in one place (in an arc that curves dorsally), and the articulated rest of the tail is in another (in another arc that curves even stronger dorsally).