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Re: Necks and other questions

Am in a bit of a hurry, so just very quick pointers.

Christian, A., and G. Dzemski. 2007. Reconstruction of the cervical
skeleton posture of  Brachiosaurus brancai Janensch, 1914 by an
analysis of the intervertebral stress along the neck and a comparison
with the results of different approaches.  Fossil Record 10(1):38-49.

Dzemski, G., and A. Christian. 2007. Flexibility along the neck of the
ostrich (Struthio camelus) and consequences for the reconstruction of
dinosaurs with extreme neck length. Journal of Morphology 268:701-714.



On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:30 PM, Sam Barnett <sam.horus@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> A thought has been going through my mind for a few years now and a
> small part of me seems to recall having already asked about it here
> years ago but a search of the archives didn't find it and my memory of
> the answer fails me so apologies for repetition if that's what I'm
> doing:
> Looking at the way some birds, notably swans, rest their heads flush
> against their back, facing behind themselves, would it be realistic to
> suppose that some Theropods could do the same?  I assume a
> stocky-necked species such as Tyrannosaurus would not be able to, but
> what about something like Coelophysis?  What about Theropods with
> necks of intermediate dimensions, such as Deinonychus?  How does one
> go about determining such things - I mean where could I go to learn
> more about the extent of flexibility of cervical vertebrae?
> An unrelated question as I'm feeling a little out of touch: Whatever
> happened to Dinomorph?  Last I heard there was an open source Java
> version being worked on, is this still the case?
> Cheers,
> Sam.