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Re: new Godzilla 2014-biomechanical problems?
Interestingly enough, vascular limitations probably kick in before weight
support issues. Bone is stronger in axial compression than concrete. That won't
allow an animal as large as a skyscraper, or even close, but it could allow
animals larger than what internal fluid flow limitations likely allow.
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> On Dec 15, 2013, at 6:29 AM, "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> 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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