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A functional and biomechanical perspective of locomotion in sauropod dinosaurs - or why sauropods did not waddle

Lingham-Soliar, Theagarten

Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen Band 229 Heft 1 (2003), p. 19 - 30

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published: Jul 16, 2003

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An excellently preserved sauropod track from Zimbabwe shows a deep ridge on the pavement surrounding the impression. The ridge includes stress cracks, a probable consequence of the animal’s great weight and displacement of the substrate as the trackmaker’s foot cut into it. A topographical picture shows that the maximum pressure was on the mid-anterior inner and anterior surface of the foot. Analysis of a segment of the Paluxy River Trackway indicates that the sauropod’s footfall pattern was probably in diagonal antero-posterior pairs. This is supported by an analysis of biomechanical constraints and of foot pressure.


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