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Re: Publication and the Code

On Thu, Oct 7th, 2010 at 10:14 AM, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:

>   I am reposting this because it might easily have been missed in a 
> flurry of posts about an Allosaurus specimen for sale.  However, this is 
> of much broader import that the Allosaurus specimen.
> Tom Holtz posted this link:
> http://dinosauriainternational.com/downloads/Amphicoelias.pdf

'Brontodiplodocus' has to be one of the worst, and most potentially confusing, 
sauropod species 
names ever.

I'm not convinced by the filter-feeding diplodocid idea either. If duck-like 
dabbling was the norm, 
then you might expect a much broader 'bill' on diplodocids. I also wonder about 
the energy costs of 
dabbling. Modern dabblers are all very small creatures (by sauropod standards 
at least), and 
feeding behaviours are generally quite energenic. Aquatic filter-feeders such 
as baleen whales and 
sharks tend to use up much less energy while feeding, but require huge broad 
heads and a lot of 
forward momentum to do so.

Certainly the filter-feeding ornithomimid idea didn't seem to last long.


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj