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RE: Long-necked stegosaur, head tail mimicry?





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> Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2009 22:23:47 -0800
> From: hakif23@yahoo.com
> To: david.marjanovic@gmx.at; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Long-necked stegosaur, head tail mimicry?
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> Could the long neck of this stegosaur be useful in confusing predators, so 
> that they become unsure which is the end to be avoided (ie. the tail with the 
> thagomizer). I think some arthropods use this kind of head or tail mimicry. 
> It would be far more confusing if they lived in large herds.

 it'd be more confusing if stegosaurs had head spikes to increase the 
similarity.


neat idea, mind you.

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> Meor
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> ----- Original Message ----
> From: David Marjanovic 
> To: DML 
> Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2009 1:23:57 PM
> Subject: Re: Long-necked stegosaur coming out in Proceedings B
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>> Isn't that where the original reconstructions of _Kentrosaurus_ put the 
>> spines - on the hips, not the shoulders?
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> Yes.
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>> So _Kentrosaurus_ had paired spines on the hips, and 'Gigantspinosaurus' had 
>> them on the shoulders?
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> Apparently.
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>> BTW, isn't the name 'Gigantspinosaurus' a valid genus?  I had thought the 
>> original description (by Ouyang) is considered to be valid, including by 
>> Susannah Maidment's recent stegosaur papers.
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> No idea, I haven't read most of the relevant papers.
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>> Of course, if 'Gigantspinosaurus' is NOT a nomenclaturally valid genus 
>> (i.e., a nomen nudum), then it provides an opportunity to spell the name 
>> correctly - e.g., as you say, 'Gigantospinosaurus'.
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> Yes.
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