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Re: Leaellynasaura, Tails, and Integument



Yes, the incredibly long tail combined with the suggestion of thyreophoran 
affinities, made me think of the pangolin (so-called 'scaly ant-eater'), which 
can curl itself into a ball with the long tail used to protect the head.


Cheers

Tim



--- On Fri, 9/7/10, Jaime Headden <qi_leong@hotmail.com> wrote:

> From: Jaime Headden <qi_leong@hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Leaellynasaura, Tails, and Integument
> To: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Received: Friday, 9 July, 2010, 6:31 AM
> 
>   Re: recent comments on the proposed tail length (70+
> elements, 3/4 of 
> the body length being tail, etc.) of a referred specimen to
> 
> *Leaellynasaura amicagraphica* (Herne, SVP/JVP 29(supp to
> 3):113A) has prompted me to provide some 
> observations (such as the extremely long tails of some
> other 
> ornithischians) here: 
> http://qilong.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/leaellynasaura-and-caudal-length-in-ornithischians/.
>  
> 
> 
>   
> This follows treatments on the animal by Dann Pigdon and
> Matt Matrynuick
>  here: http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj/leaell.htm and
> here: 
> http://dinogoss.blogspot.com/2010/07/tall-tail.html
> (respectively). It 
> should also be noted that Wikipedia, citing Herne's
> abstract, not 
> present until very recently, has now updated: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaellynasaura . How swift
> this information
>  spreads when publicized! Imagine how much more information
> will spread 
> this season when blogging advances publicity of SVP and
> SVPCA (and GSA) 
> later this year.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
>   Jaime A. Headden
>   The Bite Stuff (site v2)
>   http://qilong.wordpress.com/
> 
> "Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B.
> Medawar (1969)
> 
> 
> "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with
> a
> different language and a new way of looking at things, the
> human race
> has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his
> language or
> his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan
> (Beast With a Billion Backs)
> 
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