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Re: [Re: bipedal locomotion]

"Ray Stanford" <dinotracker@earthlink.net> wrote:

>     I am aware neither of such dinosaur trackways from here in the Early
> Cretaceous of Maryland, nor via published sources, that would seem to
> describe the kind of thing you have observed in wind-resisting herring
> gulls.  There may be others, such as Martin Lockley, who have wider
> knowledge and could have heard of this, perhaps.

   This begets the question, how strong of a wind would it take to make a
dinosaur have to do this? But anyways, I was curious, has any paleontologists
employed a really skilled tracker and had them look at fossilized dino prints?

>     However, I have collected a fascinating little three-toed track from
> Early Cretaceous of Maryland, that strongly suggests that the tracker was
> moving at a substantially faster-than-walk pace, quickly 'threw on the
> brakes', and skidded more than one pes length, during which time the little
> dinosaur had ROTATED THE FOOT (or else the whole body?) to quickly stop and
> then immediately (seemingly) dash away at roughly 90 degrees out of the
> direction from which it had been rushing!  One, naturally, wonders whether
> the trackmaker may have suddenly been confronted by something very
> frightening.  There are several nice examples of high-speed turns here (by
> dinosaurs of various sizes), but these seem to have been made, perhaps,
> during more ordinary chase or flee episodes.

   Wow! Do you have a picture of this anywhere that I can see?


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