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Re: Sauropodz r kewl, but Ornithopod's Rewl WAS: silly conversation



You guys are all very old-school... Ornithopods Rule!

Seriously, yes - prosauropods can rear up in an almost Charles R. Knightly way 
...but the smooth scapulas, hybrid bi-pedal/quadrupedal locomotion mode and 
functionally distinct hips (relative to theropods) give ornithopods that little 
extra elegance...

...besides, they were also more numerous than everyone else (excepting 
Ceratopsids in NA)

-Jonas Weselake-George


----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Hartman" <skeletaldrawing@gmail.com>
To: "Dino List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2012 11:19:13 AM
Subject: Re: Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential 
race

I think you're all wrong; basal saurischians (especially
"prosauropods") are the bee's knees.

-Scott

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Michael OSullivan
<Michael.OSullivan@port.ac.uk> wrote:
> sorry kids, Ceratopsians are frankly so awesome it's not even funny
>
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>>>> "Mark Witton"  13/04/12 3:28 PM >>>
> Mike,
>
> If I wasn't working on pterosaurs, I reckon sauropods would be my
> preferred research subject. Other dinosaurs are interesting and all, but
> sauropods definitely have an X factor that the others don't. Maybe it's
> because they seem to be incredibly unlikely beasts. The general bauplans
> of other dinosaurs seem less out of place compared to our modern fauna.
> The megatheropods are really just big birds, ornithischians are
> reptilian variants of modern livestock, but sauropods can't be neatly
> shoehorned into any modern context. Oh, and they're massive. Come on,
> admit it: we're all impressed with Big Things.
>
> Has there ever been a discussion of 'my favourite dinosaur' on here?
> It's _the_ dinosaur question most kids are interested in, but we seem to
> slip away from it towards adulthood. I'll bet every osteologically
> mature palaeontologist still has a favourite, though.
>
> Mark
>
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> - My pterosaur artwork: www.flickr.com/photos/markwitton
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>
>>>> Mike Taylor  4/13/2012 2:05 PM >>>
> On 13 April 2012 13:49, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.  wrote:
>>> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
>>> On Behalf Of Mark Witton
>>>
>>> I like sauropods, too. I always thought Dicraeosaurus was the
>>> mutt's nuts.
>>
>> I'm an old-fashioned guy in this context: I'm an Apatosaurus fan.
>
> I have to say it warms my heart to see Scott going with Brachiosaurus,
> Mark with Dicraeosaurus and now Tom with Apatosaurus.  Truly, three of
> the most outrageous and beautiful creatures ever to have walked the
> Earth.  Not just because they're sauropods: but THOSE sauropods in
> particular.  Only Xenoposeidon and Bronotmerus are more lovely.
>
>
>>> Seconding Scott's point (and those of several others). This
>>> isn't a forum for discussing politics, so this thread really
>>> should be put to bed.
>>
>> Indeed!
>>
>> In fact, I hear tell that there are places on the Internet where
> people can actually discuss politics all the time. Maybe instead of
>> infesting a forum on dinosaurs, the indvidual involved might take it
> over to one of those...
>
> I can only assume that Mickey and Mary are on holiday.  Come back,
> M&M!  We need you!
>
> -- Mike.
>



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