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Re: Lack of Running Giant Theropod Tracks



On 29 November 2010 13:36, Don Ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On 11/28/2010 10:46 PM, Sim Koning wrote:
>
>> Are you suggesting that sauropods lived in swamps?
>
> Why would a super-powerful, long-legged, high-buoyancy animal with a body
> ideally shaped for moving through soft ground and dense vegetation avoid a
> swamp? Especially when they were in need of a place where the giant bipeds
> could not go?

Perhaps because they had the most compact feet of any animals bar cattle?

Or because the cross-sectional shape of their torsos was optimised for
terrestrial rather than aquatic locomotion?

Or because the adaptations that you consider beneficial for bouayancy
are best interpreted as lightening the body for a terrestrial
lifestyle?

Or maybe everyone just assumes that sauropods were terrestrial because
sauropod fossils have been overwhelmingly found in seasonally dry
environments?