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Re: late night thoughts: misunderstand what?
David Marjanovic writes:
> > When the herbivore hits it's mass limit,
> That's not a "when", that's an "if". It has been calculated that at
> 140 tonnes the legs of a land animal must be so thick that they
> must touch in the midline; the latest estimate for *Amphicoelias
> fragillimus* is 122 tonnes.
Just been catching up on this thread, which I should have been a part
of :-) I'm not going to get into details here, but I would like to
What is the reference for the 140-tonne thick legs? I've seen this
alluded to a few times on list, but never read anything about it
elsewhere. Hokannen (1986) concludes that "The limit is suggested to
lie between 105 and 106 kg. A possibility for a still higher mass, in
case of new adaptations, is not excluded."
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <email@example.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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