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RE: Tyrannosaurus tail torque
From what I remember, the estimate for G forces due to deceleration for a
falling T. rex (for the body at least) was around 6 Gs. That may seem like a
lot, but fighter pilots and race car drivers deal with G forces greater than
that quite frequently. There is at least one case in which a man survived 46.2
Gs due to deceleration.
Now of course I am aware that there is a big difference between a 180 lb man
and a 6 ton Tyrannosaurus rex due to the square/cube law. The question for me
is if the ribs, knees and pubis (likely contact points after a fall) were
robust enough to take the impact without crippling or fatal injury. Point is
until it can be demonstrated that such a fall would indeed be crippling or
fatal, assuming it as a limiting factor for top speed feels like a case of
begging the question. Aren't there modern physics engines that could test this
in a computer simulation?
By the way, does anyone know how much a rex's head would weigh when alive?
> Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 18:29:15 -0600
> Subject: Re: Tyrannosaurus tail torque
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> "I know the paper said that muscle mass estimates for past computer
> simulations may have been 45% lower than they should have been, but
> are there any revised estimates for top speed yet? If I remember
> correctly, past estimates ranged from 15 to 25 mph. So does this new
> information mean speeds in excess of 30 mph are much more likely?"
> If anything, given the "face-breaking velocity" argument against
> higher run speeds, it may simply support the higher end of existing
> estimates, at best. That's my prediction . . .