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Re: Protoceratopsoid tails adapted for swimming

And let's remember: big tall flat surfaces are great for dumping heat in
thermally-challenging environments. So there are other reasons to have big
flat tails.

On Thu, December 5, 2013 12:59 pm, Mike Habib wrote:
> I will have to look carefully at the original paper, which I have not a
> chance to do yet. However, one caution with swimming adaptations is that
> efficient swimming is not merely a matter of moving a flat tail laterally.
> The manner in which the tail moves and transfers momentum to the water is
> quite important. Nearly any big flat tail that has base mobility can be
> used in swimming if need be, but not just any big flat tail is
> particularly good at it, and therefore the range of tail morphologies we
> would conclude to be specializations for swimming are different from the
> array that can manage.
> Cheers,
> ?Mike

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