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Re: Largest Camarasaurus specimens
47t is high for Giraffatitan - I got 48 t using a (probably too high)
density of 0.8 kg/L. For Camarasaurus, being a bit more sturdy, I can
believe 80% of the weight of G. at a stretch. Thus, using a more
realistic density of 0.6 or 0.8 kg/L, you'd end up with at most 34 t.
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On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM, David Marjanovic
>> Does any one have any references for the largest Camarasaurus
>> specimens (especially C. supremus). I've heard size estimates of 23
>> meters long and 47 tonnes
> I have no idea, but I can say with a fair amount of certainty that 47 tonnes
> for a 23-m-long animal that is not a whale is ludicrous. 10 t, OK; 20 t, OK;
> 30 t, if it's proportioned like a sumo wrestler, why not. 47 t? No way.
> I guess this figure was derived by measuring the water displacement of a
> commercial model that violated Holtz's First Rule of Skeletal Restoration*,
> using the rounded density of an unspecified lizard.
> * "If the skeleton doesn't fit inside the model, the model is wrong."