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Re: Dinosaurs lighter than thought: Giraffatitan 23 (not 80) tons

Don't mix up problems with the method and problems with a specific mount.
Obviously, is a mount is significantly wrong you can't use it "out of
the box" (i.e., as scanned). But you can correct the scan data. And
then apply a method that is fine as it is.
Dr. Heinrich Mallison
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On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM, David Marjanovic
<david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
>>  W. I. Sellers, J. Hepworth-Bell, P. L. Falkingham, K. T. Bates, C.
>>  A. Brassey, V. M. Egerton and P. L. Manning (2012)
>> Minimum convexhull mass estimations of complete mounted skeletons.
> What if the skeletons are mismounted?
> The biology building of the University of Vienna has an elephant skeleton in
> which the shoulderblades lie directly on the ribcage. The Natural-History
> Museum of Vienna has a *Prodeinotherium* skeleton in which the
> shoulderblades hover 10 cm away from the ribcage. Discuss.
> And that's before we get to all those dinosaurs with ripped-open chests,
> with coracoids that lie half a meter apart instead of touching... the
> massively increased chest volume must show up as inflated mass estimates
> even with this method.