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RE: Oviraptorosaur tail forms and functions




 > Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:10:42 -0800
> Subject: Re: Oviraptorosaur tail forms and functions
> 
> I sent a query to the list that may have been lost in truncation: is it 
> possible that the tail did serve an "aerodynamic" function, or at least a 
> stabilizing function in running (perhaps to make balancing or banking 
> adjustments during rapid twists and turns),

Possible, as the quicker antelope and ratites don't need much of a tail to make 
turns at high speeds.

But even so, I still think wouldn't a long, slender(ish) tail make a better job 
for the oviraptors?  (am thinking of cheetahs and kangaroos)