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Re: Lack of Running Giant Theropod Tracks

elephants do not like swamps. They love water with a firm bottom, not
muddy slush.

Aside from that, check the paper I mailed around.
As Mike pointed out, sauropods have an extremely high mass / foot area
ratio. Bad idea in swamps. Especially when the big biped that wants to
eat a sauropod steak has proportionally BIGGER feet. You can see the
same phenomenon with lava flows: big cats can cross the cooling lava
earlier than ungulates can. Trapped ungulates thus become easy prey.

And I hope you avoid swamps, because I do not like the idea of losing
a DML contributor that way. Stick to more solid ground, be it covered
with water or not.


On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM, Don Ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On 11/29/2010 8:43 AM, Mike Taylor wrote:
>>> >  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?
> What? Do you think they needed webbed feet to navigate a swamp?
>> Or because the cross-sectional shape of their torsos was optimised for
>> terrestrial rather than aquatic locomotion?
> How does "swamp" = "aquatic locomotion"? Elephants love swamps. No webbed
> feet there. What you mention is evidence they did not live in swamps 100% of
> the time. So?
>> Or because the adaptations that you consider beneficial for bouayancy
>> are best interpreted as lightening the body for a terrestrial
>> lifestyle?
> They had to maintain terrestrial competency to nest, forage and periodically
> travel to greener pastures.
>> Or maybe everyone just assumes that sauropods were terrestrial because
>> sauropod fossils have been overwhelmingly found in seasonally dry
>> environments?
> So? What, I am terrestrial, I can never go in swamps? Like elephants -- they
> NEVER go in swamps, they do not have webbed feet. Everything that utilizes
> swamp as refuge and source of browse has webbed feet. Apparently. End
> sarcasm, briefly...
> How in the hell would an animal that size build a nest in a swamp? So it
> would require at least seasonally dry ground, right? Or have un-compact
> feet? Unless they just never went on dry ground?
> None of that you mention gives us any logical indication whatsoever that
> they avoided swamps, soft ground or even marine estuaries...