Stegosaurs and ankylosaurs

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This exercise in quantitative paleopodiatry produces distinctly counterorthodox conclusions. All the popular books list – brontosaurs and duckbills at the top of the list in the preference for swamps.(dinosaur factory) But brontosaurs and duckbills had among the smallest feet in area relative to the size of their thigh. If these giants had tried to spend their lives paddling around marshy terrain, they’d have found themselves stuck in the mud with genuinely maladaptive frequency.

 

Stegosaurs and ankylosaurs were also compact of foot. But the horned dinosaurs had much bigger feet per pound of thrust from the thigh. A few dinosaurs were especially large-footed—some little horned dinosaurs, the primitive anchisaurs (brontosaur ancestors), the dinosaurs, and most of the meat-eaters, both large and small. Strangely enough, it’s these dryosaurs and meateaters that are supposedly least adapted for soft swampy soils according to orthodox dinosaur ecology. But like so much else in traditional dinolore, (life size dinosaur for sale)the standard story about feet and mud is not accurate. (dinosaur manufacturers)Museum exhibits teach that brontosaurs and duckbills escaped their predatory enemies by wading out into the marshes where meateaters feared to tread. But if an allosaur pursued a brontosaur or a tyrannosaur pursued a duckbill, it would be the ponderous pads of the plant-eaters that would mire first into the mud to hold their hapless owners fast as the killer descended.