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Re: Lack of Running Giant Theropod Tracks

On 11/29/2010 12:49 AM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
Tactical implications -- 1) a sauropod faced w/ a large-jawed tall biped
directly in it's path could not likely just ignore it and keep on
truckin'... the long skinny neck would require some sort of
rearing/turning behavior to defend.

Hmmm. Or, speed up? That would be a lot of mass to oppose...

The idea that the sauropod could lead with it's chin, which is a considerable distance from 'all that mass' seems a little suspect.

Then there is that "speed up" idea. THEY WERE SLOW. Unless you want to engage in special pleading relative to nerve transmission speed and muscle composition/capability, that is the presumption.

Although they might have made great sumo wrestlers.