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Re: Dinosaur speed estimates
Sure, I've tried to catch a mouse--and succeeded. However,
it wasn't in an open parking lot at the mall or anything
fun like that. Instead, I used a trap baited with some fruit
bar dabbed in peanut butter. Utterly irresistible to mice,
(It was a live cage trap of course, not one of those unethical
flypaper things or spring-loaded traps.)
On Sat, 1/30/16, Tony Thulborn <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Subject: Re: Dinosaur speed estimates
To: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:48 PM
This ancient document will give you estimates for 62
dinosaurs (51 genera), based on skeletal measurements
supplemented (where feasible) with evidence of tracks:
Thulborn, R. A., 1982. Speeds and gaits of dinosaurs.
Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimatol., Palaeoecol., 38:
227--256. Not hard to find online.
For each animal there are estimates of speed (a) at
walk-trot transition; (b) at trot-run
transition; (c) at maximum.
And (principally for benefit of sensationalist news media)
speed isn’t all that matters, anyway. A human can
run a lot faster than a mouse - but have you ever tried to
catch a mouse?
Back to the swamp,