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RE: cause of Gigantism in sauropods

I would really suggest J.E. Gordon's books:

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor

They are fabulous and good for paleo types to read


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From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Habib, Michael
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2011 3:10 PM
To: Augusto Haro
Cc: Dinosaur Mailing List
Subject: Re: cause of Gigantism in sauropods

I recommend "comparative biomechanics" by S. Vogel (2003). There is also a
good book on bone as a material by Currey.  It occurs to me that compiling a
list of good mechanics books/papers for paleontologists might be quite
helpful for many - anyone else here have particular favorites?


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On Feb 13, 2011, at 10:21 AM, "Augusto Haro" <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:

> 2011/2/13 Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com>:
>> Gregory Paul (in Predatory Dinosaurs of the World) indicated
>> that theropod bones are denser than in other dinosaurs; if this is
>> true for sauropods: can the animal with less dense bone, in virtue of
>> its greater velocity, break the denser bones of its antagonist easier
>> than getting his own bones broken?
> Although, perhaps the sauropod is to be less harmed if hitting a
> smaller theropod with its neck because its bones are supposed to be
> thicker (theropods also have pneumatic bones)... As you can see I am
> not good in mechanics so can't decide which factor was more
> important... (and ask you please for some citation of a good or
> fundamental introductory book on material mechanics of use in
> vertebrate biology).
> Cheers,
> Augusto.