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Re: Long-necked stegosaur coming out in Proceedings B

The drawing I believe you are talking about can be found here, completed: 
Since this drawing was uploaded nearly a year ago, I'm not sure why the 
incomplete drawing is used.  I was wondering the same thing as you, but 
apparently the completed drawing is found in some of the other news articles.

----- Original Message ----
From: David Krentz <ddkrentz@charter.net>
To: dannj@alphalink.com.au
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 1:30:17 PM
Subject: Re: Long-necked stegosaur coming out in Proceedings B

Is it just me or does the press release picture of this steg look incomplete?  
The steg is well realized but the background elelments are blocked in and 
unfinished.  They must've told the artist that it was "good enough, the steg is 
done...we need this now!"  Poor guy.  Why not just turn it into a spot 

On Feb 25, 2009, at 1:57 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:

> Quoting MICHAEL MURPHY <4mjmu@rogers.com>:
>> Cool Picture here:
>> http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/02/25/dinosaur-zoom.html
> To quote the above article:
> "... two scenarios are possible."
> "The first is that the long neck might have permitted it to browse for 
> foliage at a height not
> frequented by other prehistoric animals. The second is that males and females 
> might have found
> the trait appealing, so it evolved due to sexual selection. "
> There's a third possibility, and it's been suggested for sauropods as well. 
> If the tail was the main
> means of defense, then a longer tail may have given it a greater 'arc of 
> thagomization'. The
> elongation of the neck may have just come along for the ride as a 
> counter-balancing measure.
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