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Since when did a full-suspension phase qualify as a "true run"?
I would be keen to see your myological regonstructions and site identification
with masses for reconstruction of muscle moments and forces applied for
hindlimb and forelimb muscles in ceratopsids. It would be interesting to
compare this data to what has been published, and reconstruct a SIMM model on
its basis. Have you this data to back up your statements?
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
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> Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:46:54 -0400
> From: GSP1954@aol.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Complaining
> Elephants of all sizes from calves up are limited to ambling at 15 mph
> because they lack sufficently flexed (and perhaps muscled) limbs to achieve a
> full suspended phase true run. All ceratopsids of all sizes had flexed, rather
> rhino like limbs with an enormous pelvis to support huge leg muscles that
> should have been able to propel them into a full suspended phase run,
> probably a trot or pace although galloping cannot be ruled out for those
> under a
> few tonnes. All of them should have been markedly faster than elephants. When
> I get my time machine up and running will get absolute speed data.
> In a message dated 4/30/13 12:07:55 PM, email@example.com writes:
> << Is 15 mph a good estimate for Triceratops, too?
> My fictional battlfield logistics hang in the balance! :)
> Dan >>