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Re: late thoughts: misunderstand the neck?

--- Anthony Docimo <keenir@hotmail.com> wrote:

> >I think if the strike missed there was ample time
> for predator get-away, 
> >and if it didn't miss, dead sauropod. If I am wrong
> about neck strength, 
> >and the neck became a problem, just let go! As to
> sauropods stomping 
> >theropods... well, I just don't think the theropods
> were THAT slow.
> >
> >As to your last question: "How many pre-mortem bite
> marks have even been 
> >found on a large adult sauropod fossil?"
> my first thought: "how many times have sauropods
> been found minus one or 
> more neckbones (or skulls) ?"
> whether or not the sauropod survived the encounter
> with such a predator, the 
> damage might've made those particular parts less
> likely to survive 
> fossilization than the rest of the skeleton.


Sauropod heads, in general, are not likely to
fossilize. It has little to do with predation though.
Sauropod heads were just lightly built, which made
them very likely to wash away from the body.


"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types 
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer

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