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Re: FW: *Mauisaurus* vs large pterosaurs
dale mcinnes wrote:
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(Why do I get to see source text? And BTW, where does all this "=20" and
"=2C" stuff come from? Till a month ago that never happened on the DML.)
WHOOOOAA!! =20 The body of the elasmosaurid would not just sit there
while the cervical series topped with skull did a slam dunk. Very
ugly. Think pretty. What gracefully slides up and out most likely and
gracefully = slipped back down.=20
It couldn't slide up gracefully, or at all, in the first place. I mean,
think about it. The neck is at least as long as the rest of the body,
very stiff, and massive. That's not a pneumatic sauropod we're talking
about here. A plesiosaur neck was a massive rod of bone, muscle,
ligament, tracheal rings (cartilaginous, I suppose), and practically
nothing else. Where is the center of gravity of such an animal? Far
enough behind that it could stick its entire neck out of the water? I
don't think so.
Further to mention that a generalist would probably take a pterosaur
once in a while.
Sure, but that's not the question; the question is whether it would
happen often enough to drive elasmosaurid evolution.
Check out the elasmosaurids in the latest Journey
to the Centre of the Eart= h. Truly believable and down right truly
terrifying!! The animators did a s= pectacular job on them.
Everything else was garbage. But the film is worth = purchasing just
for that one scene! Spectacular!! --dale =20 =20
Basing scientific hypotheses on pretty/impressive pictures is what has
given us BAND. Be careful with this approach.