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Re: Matt Wedel on the perils of doing documentaries
......Even if it had I think it would have needed some hops to get going.
That would have been not only unnecessary for a terrestrial launch, but also
quite counter-productive for the terrestrial launch. Run the numbers and
take a good look at the fused sesimoid at the antero-proximal end of
There is no evidence that Quetz was a baby-eater. And no evidence that they
weren't. No stomach contents have been found for Quetz, and insofar as I
know, no significant soft tissue preservation. I would expect fast twitch
muscles to be present, but see no need for nor evidence of super-fast. I
wouldn't put too much weight in the CGI (note though, that I didn't bother
to watch the program -- I don't care for this sort of "documentary").
Mike's analysis of the terrestrial launch is correct, and is virtually
identical in kinetics with the independent terrestrial launch analysis I did
for a conference presentation back in February 1999. I based my original
analysis on Quetzalcoatlus species and extended it to Q northropi. I
believe Mike did his mostly on Anhanguera piscator with cross checks against
several other species. We think much alike on many topics and independently
drew the same conclusion about terrestrial launch mechanics. Re food
gathering, keep in mind that the Quetz cervical articulation range was very
un-storklike, suggesting that food gathering mechanisms may have also been
somewhat un-storklike. I don't think anyone yet knows the answer to quetz
food gathering techniques. I do think that like most predators, they would
likely snarf up any tasty and malodrous goody that they happened to run
All the best,
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I was so exited when I stumbled upon Clash of the Dinosaurs. I watched
Perfect Predators. My sis was there to hear me counter much of the science.
There was one or two things that were interesting enough that I didn't know
for sure one way or the other and wanted to ask ya'll on the list about
said but those questions are forgotten. Something about T-Rex I had never
heard before. Oh and I'm not sure I believe a Quetzalcoatlus could leap
into the air so easily. Did it really have super fast twitch muscles? Even
if it had I think it would have needed some hops to get going. Even the bad
CGI seems to suggest this.
And why do we think it was a baby eater? It might have been but have we
found babies in it's tummy?
In the end I had to turn off the series 5 minutes into the 2nd episode for
the reasons stated. Bad science, repetitive narration and the pain of
watching the same 5 clips shown over and over and over and over and over
and over and over and over and over was too much for me. When a dinosaur
fiend like myself can't watch you're dinosaur show then you get an epic
FAIL as your grade.
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Subject: Matt Wedel on the perils of doing documentaries
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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