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Re: new Godzilla 2014-biomechanical problems?

On Sun, December 15, 2013 1:35 am, Hammer wrote:
> There is supposedly 2 other "monsters" in the film - are we finally going
> to get our radioactive mutant carnivorous sauropod?  :-)

The word I have is MULTIPLE other giant monsters: some merely sauropod
sized, others scaling up to Godzilla.

> Will there be an up-to-date "Rodan" pterosaur with a penchant for
> cetaceans on its menu?

No. The word I have heard is that all of the other monsters are original
to this movie, and that there are ZERO plans to reintroduce monsters from
the Japanese movies.

> As experts, what physical problems would you see for a beastie this large
> being able to support its own weight, etc.? (I won't press you on the
> radioactive "fire" breath)  :-)
Mike Taylor has something to say about that. But basically, you are way
beyond the mechanical strength of bone, muscle, flesh, cartilage, etc.
when you start building skyscraper-sized tetrapods.

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