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RE: titanosaur osteoderms
Sebastián Apesteguía wrote:
> That's why I don't think that the presence or absence
> of scutes in Alamoss, Opis or Futalognkoss would mean
> anything, because if they had only 2 or 3 big scutes
> in the whole body, they are very difficult to
Yes, good point. When an adult titanosaur skeleton is found mostly complete
and at least partly articulated (like _Epachthosaurus_, or _Opisthocoelicaudia_
or even _Isisaurus_) they are interpreted, quite reasonably, as unarmored.
Then again, you have to wonder how much protection only two or three scutes
would afford to a titanosaur, no matter how big the scutes were. :-)
While on the subject of big scutes, there is a report of very large osteoderms
that are assumed to be of sauropod origin...
Ford, T. L. (2001). The armor of sauropods. Journal of Vertebrate
Paleontology 21 (3, Supp) Abstracts of papers, 61st Annual Meeting, Society of
Vertebrate Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University,
Bozeman, Montana, October, 3-6, p. 50a.
I don't have much/any info about these mega-scutes.
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