A functional and biomechanical perspective of locomotion in sauropod dinosaurs - or why sauropods did not waddle
published: Jul 16, 2003
ArtNo. ESP155022901004, Price: 29.00 €
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.