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Re: Can elephants run?
Perhaps the tail, and the attachment area it provides for a powerful
caudofemoralis longus muscle might add to the power of the stride.
I've always been curious as to whether sauopods and Stegs had a rotary style
gait ( like a camel and often elephant) or a transverse one ( like a dog or
cat). Is one of those gaits more beneficial to an animal with a taller profile?
On Feb 15, 2010, at 8:14 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 16th, 2010 at 2:37 PM, GUY LEAHY <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> It depends upon how one defines "running"...
> Needless to say, elephants certainly don't gallop like the mammoths in
> '10,000 BC'. :-)
>> I wonder if sauropods and stegosaurs might have used similar gaits?
> I imagine the presence of a substantial tail in sauropods and stegosaurs
> complicates matters.
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS Specialist Australian Dinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj