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Re: Dinosaurs lighter than thought: Giraffatitan 23 (not 80) tons
On 6 June 2012 04:29, Jura <email@example.com> wrote:
> Between this and the Huchinson et al. paper from earlier this year, all the
> data seem to suggest what I think has been suspected for a long time. Namely
> that our confidence intervals for dinosaur size are shit.
There is no question whatsoever that this is true. My 2010 review of
the history of sauropod research
contains a handy table on p376 showing how mass estimates for the
single individual HMN SII (the same Giraffatitan that Sellers et al.
use in this study) have varied by a factor of 5.75 -- from Colbert's
(1962) 78258 kg down to Russell et al.'s (1980) 13618 kg.
> From: Ben Creisler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
>>Sent: Tuesday, 5 June 2012 7:18 PM
>>Subject: Dinosaurs lighter than thought: Giraffatitan 23 (not 80) tons
>>From: Ben Creisler
>>A new press release with links to photos. The paper is not yet posted
>>on the Biology Letters site.