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Re: dinosaur death poses actually predeath poses
It means that the argument that the strong dorso-flexion of the necks
to many dinosaur skeletons is a post-mortem effect due to drying of the
muscles and ligaments pulling the cervical series far beyond that which
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).