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Re: Brachiosaur flexibility and face-shape
It is not entirely certain that the B altithorax coracoid actually belongs
to the holotype because it's awfully big compared to the ilium (as can be
seen in Riggs original same scale figure), and to G. brancai coracoids. I
cannot easily fit it on the skeletal restoration. And I suspect the laterally
facing glenoid is due to poor ossification.
It is not possible to accurately restore the exact posture and action of
long necks from the bones, so discussions of ability to reach the ground with
the head are not particularly useful although all large animals
have to drink. Note that okapis sprawl out their forelimbs just like
giraffes when drinking for what that's worth.
It is my considered opinion that since sauropods were probably ominivores
that picked up small animals they could swallow that, instead of being
giants which they likely were not (they were not cows), they ought to eat
the kids in these fiction programs. Especially the bratty ones in JP 1.
According to today's Wash Post the pilot that I did not bother to see
tanked in the ratings (so it cost $2 per viewer), hence the discussion may
be moot in the larger scheme of things.